What do I do when work comp denies my doctor’s request for care?

This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked and one of most common reasons injured workers in Florida hire a workers’ compensation attorney.

Imagine that you have just been hurt at work. The workers’ compensation insurance company sends you to a doctor. You receive initial medical care and maybe an x-ray or an MRI. Your doctor recommends that you need additional medical treatment, but your workers’ compensation adjuster tells you they are not going to provide the care. You ask why and are told that it is not medically necessary, that it is not related to your accident or that they obtained a doctor who said you simply don’t need to have the treatment.

How frustrated would you be if this happened to you?

Unfortunately, this happens on a daily basis. We speak to injured workers on a daily basis whose medical care has been denied by workers’ compensation. And the craziest part is that the doctors who made the recommendation were selected by the workers’ compensation insurance company. It is their doctors who they chose who are asking for medical care and work comp is refusing to provide the medical benefits.

If you are asking yourself, “How is that fair?”, the answer is, “It is not fair.” However, Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are not fair, logical or reasonable.

If your medical care has been denied by your workers’ compensation adjuster, you have to fight them, even if it means taking them to court before a judge of compensation claims to decide the matter. The insurance companies are set up for the long haul; they have time and money, and they are not injured, in need of care or a paycheck.

When your workers’ compensation insurance company denies you the medical care you need after suffering a workers’ compensation accident or injury, call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away. In fact, you should call a workers’ compensation attorney immediately after being hurt at work. Don’t wait for the adjuster to deny you care. The last thing you need is further delay in getting the care you need most.

When your medical care has been wrongfully denied by your workers’ compensation adjuster, call us immediately so that we can help you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled to under the law. Call (561) 616-3800 or contact us online to speak with one of the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.