Every worker in the State of New Jersey is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of the size of the employer or the length of time of employment. In fact, NJ workers are eligible for workers’ compensation the moment they are hired.
One of the benefits provided by workers’ compensation is medical treatment, which includes all reasonable and necessary medical charges to treat your work-related medical condition. These charges are payable by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. As such, an employee should not pay out-of-pocket for any medical costs, including prescription medications, when you receive workers’ compensation medical treatment.
The insurance carrier has the initial right to authorize specific physicians who are competent to treat your work-related medical condition. As long as the physician is qualified to treat your medical condition, the insurance carrier will only have to pay for treatment provided the “authorized” doctor.
But what happens if the authorized physician is not properly addressing your injury or concludes that you do not need further medical treatment? Are there options if the level of medical treatment that you receive following a work-related injury is poor and fails to meet your expectations?
As experienced Atlantic City area workers’ compensations attorneys, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has found that inadequate medical treatment for injuries caused or worsened by employment is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. In these instances, it is important to know that you do have legal rights and that you are entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical treatment.
Often the insurance company can be challenged when it denies you adequate medical treatment. You do not have to take “no” for an answer, especially if you need further medical treatment.
If a problem arises concerning the medical treatment you require, you have the right to make an application to a Judge of Workers’ Compensation. With the assistance of our experienced NJ workers’ comp attorneys, we can work with you and the Judge for a determination as to what, if any, additional compensable medical treatment you require and ensure you receive the medical attention that you deserve.
Every worker in NJ is entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, and those who fail to provide employees with this care could be held accountable. Consider seeking legal counsel if you feel as though your medical treatment is proving ineffective and let our Atlantic City area workers’ compensation attorneys help you to get the care that you deserve.