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When George started his new job on March 5th as an LAV operator, he was a 32-year-old eager and energetic employee. The last thing he had planned for was a workplace injury. Just eight days later on March 13th, George twisted his left knee while moving off of a cart.
Initially (before EagleOne was brought on the case), he was evaluated at a northwest-area clinic and was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon in the western suburbs. Surgery was recommended after his first MRI, and a second opinion / independent medical evaluation (IME) was discussed. George saw Dr. Brian Cole with Midwest Orthopaedics on September 27th. During this entire six-month time period, George did not work but was paid his full hourly rate. Essentially, this resulted in George’s employer losing money due to paying two workers – George and his temporary replacement – yet only receiving the manpower and productivity from one individual.
EagleOne was hired for medical management on October 19th. Because of our expertise, knowledge and resources in the medical community, we have a bevy of preferred medical providers whom we call on – and, in turn, who respond to us quickly – in nearly all aspects of practice. EagleOne was able to secure an arthroscopy surgery date with Dr. Cole on October 27th versus the originally scheduled date of December 7th (41 days earlier than planned).
George recovered extremely well. He required five sessions of physical therapy after surgery and soon met his goals through motivation and dedication to the program and course of action his nurse case manager and therapist provided. Throughout the process, EagleOne stayed in close communication with George’s employer and the adjuster, and George was ready to head back to work ahead of schedule.
The early surgery date we locked in saved George’s employer 41 days of work comp benefits or TTD (temporary total disability). George returned to his job with full-duty capacity on January 18th, which was less than three months from the time of the surgery. With his particular type of injury, doctors normally estimate the recovery time to be between three and four months.
Impact: The case was closed on February 2nd with a full-duty release and a substantial reduction in lost time benefits.