Injured Worker Says Infirmary Denied Proper Care

Injured Worker Says Infirmary Denied Proper Care

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Corey Jones works as an intake tech at the Mobile Infirmary

"I'm the person who has to confront the patient in a physical manner," says Jones.

If a patient gets unruly, employees there call on Corey, who has sustained many injuries in the past, but nothing compared to one recently.

Jones says he's worked at the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center for the past 10 years, however a recent injury may keep him home without a job.

December 4, 2012, Police brought in a patient said to have been chasing his family out of the house with a baseball bat.

"We then asked the patient to give us some blood and urine. The patient started getting combative, throwing chairs, during the take down, patient fell on my arm and my arm fell on the bed," says Jones.

The patient was 6-foot-5 and 500 pounds according to Jones. His doctor referred him to an orthopedic; however Mobile Infirmary insisted he see one of their own doctors.

"The doctor lifted up my arm, told me it was a sprain and that I could return back to work with no restriction."

But the pain never went away. His employer sent him to therapy and when it kept bothering him, they finally did an MRI 15 days later, showing a torn bicep and inflammation around the rotator cuff. Instead of surgery, they sent him back to therapy.

"So I think that kind of messed up the arm."

Jones says it's unfair to treat an injured worker this way, someone who worked hard to prevent injuries.

"They promised me another MRI, they still haven't said anything about that, just sent me to the occupational therapist who said I can't pick up more than 30 pounds and that's it."

Jones finally got surgery and has been on worker's comp, receiving a check every two weeks. However, he's due for another this week but hasn't seen it yet.

We are working with Mobile Infirmary to get more information on this issue and will update this story when we do.

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