The Impact of Ineffective Treatment in Workers’ Compensation Cases

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Robert Golan

Working with insurance companies can be difficult at best and sometimes impossible while you continue to suffer with a work injury. Waiting for approval for that pain medication or a needed procedure? At times like these, it is necessary to expedite the Workers’ Compensation claim and prevent unnecessary suffering and pain.

The Most Significant Work Injuries in the US

Although the best course of action may be physical therapy or chiropractic care to treat pain, many times narcotic painkillers are prescribed to enable the worker a quicker return to work. Records from the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics state that strains or sprains account for around 43 percent of workplace injuries in the US. Back and shoulder pain accounts for around 60 percent of treated injuries, which can result in missed work and doctor’s care.

How Prescriptions Slow the Return to Work

Studies have shown that in many instances painkillers can be ineffective for many injuries and may result in a slower return to work by the injured worker. Insurance companies now believe that spending 1.4 billion each year on narcotic painkillers is not only too costly, but may extend Workers’ Compensation claims, resulting in declining payment of opiates and other narcotic that may be necessary to prevent the suffering of the claimant.

What to Do if Your Claim is Denied

Consequently, new Medical Treatment Guidelines have changed the laws governing necessary medical treatment, which causes many claims to be denied. When this happens, a Queens work injury lawyer can help to process your claim quickly to get the treatment that you deserve.

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