My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Florida
I have been denied STD coverage due to I saw a chiropractor instead of an MD. I first saw an MD at an urgent care center and was given some pills and bed rest. After that bed rest time I still hurt so I sought treatment at the chiropractor. I was denied coverage for STD because I did not use an MD or DO even though a chiropractor is recognized in Florida as a doctor. I was told because they cannot prescribe medication that they could not be used.
My job requires heavy lifting continuously through the day. To numb myself with drugs just to work would cause further damage so I would not heal correctly. I am 43 years old doing the work that most 20 year olds cannot do. I am also 2% disabled due to 2 knee surgeries.
The Urgent care center says it does not have the forms to release me to go back to work as neither does the insurance company or my employer. Everyone except the chiropractor has been very unhelpful and now I am fighting just to get my job back because they will not accept my chiropractors release for me to return to work. I do not recall anything I read suggesting that I could not see a chiropractor.
I haven't been officially terminated yet but at this point it looks as though they are going to do just that.