Know Your Rights Regarding Medical Treatment For Work-Related Injuries
California workers’ compensation laws state that employers must pay for medical care that is reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of a work-related injury or illness. A process known as utilization review (UR) is used to determine whether to approve medical treatment that is recommended by a treating doctor.
Many injured workers reach out to our law firm after an employer’s claims administrator denies them medical treatment that has been recommended by a treating physician. Medical providers usually check to make sure treatment is covered by an employer’s insurance company before treating an injured worker. If it is not covered, the injured party will not receive the treatment and recovery could be delayed.
Getting The Treatment You Need
It is widely believed that UR is used to prevent injured workers from receiving medical treatment that is necessary for a full recovery. In addition, employers have significant control over the medical professionals from whom an injured worker can seek treatment. In a large percentage of cases, injured workers must be treated by a doctor who is in the employer’s medical provider network (MPN). As a result, it is common for injured workers to feel they are not receiving the treatment they need.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Choe, we help injured workers in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California understand their rights regarding medical treatment. Attorney Anthony Choe has established strong working relationships with a broad network of medical providers who are in many provider networks. Our familiarity with these providers allows us to steer clients to those we know and trust.
In many cases, we are able to help our clients resolve medical treatment denials and receive the treatment they need. At the same time, we help our clients receive the treatment they need to recover, and we also help many of them receive the full amount of temporary disability benefits for which they qualify.
Receive The Treatment You Need
If you have been denied treatment for a work injury, or if you are not receiving the quality of care you would like, it may be time to call a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action.