California Lawmakers Propose Help for Injured WorkersBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on May 12, 2015 | In Workers Compensation News
In 2012, a new medical review process was created to streamline disputes over approved care. The new law allowed independent doctors to resolve disputes without getting judges involved. According to Rawstory.com, however, the change led to tens of thousands of injured workers being denied treatments that were recommended by their physicians. The law also made insurers more aggressive in seeking second opinions for care. Instead of receiving the approved care workers needed, many had to seek second opinions and ultimately had their care denied.
California lawmakers in senate committee approved a new bill that will prevent insurance companies from using routine doctor requests as justification for reopening a case and denying previously approved care. The bill, authored by Senator Richard Pan of Sacramento, would prohibit insurance companies from reviewing already approved medical treatments unless the worker’s condition has changed or the treatment has been deemed unsafe.
If the bill becomes law, workers will not have to worry about having their care abruptly stopped. In the meantime, many workers will continue to struggle to get the support they need. If you have been hurt while working, make sure you research your rights and options to ensure that your rights are protected.
Under California law, injured workers should be able to receive financial compensation if they were injured performing work related activities. In such cases, support should be given for medical bills and for a portion of the wages lost. In order to increase your chances of receiving benefits after suffering an injury, make sure you:
- Notify your employer of your injury right away.
- Take extensive notes regarding when and where the accident occurred.
- Ask your employer if there is a specific doctor or medical facility to which you must go.
- Seek out medical attention from an approved medical professional right away.
- Keep records of your medical bills and the wages you have lost.
- Speak with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Whether you need temporary disability benefits or permanent support, it is important that you receive legal guidance. Not all injured workers receive fair compensation for their injuries and many are denied the coverage they need. If you have been injured on the job, please contact an experienced Van Nuys workers’ compensation lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.