This workers’ compensation case study clearly shows that the insurance company has to pay for every natural consequence of your work injury.
A former client of ours was in a difficult situation. In 2008, we helped her win a workers’ compensation claim for a back injury. Among other things, she was entitled to payment for any ongoing medical treatment related to her injury. By 2013 she had become dependent on the pain medication her doctors prescribed for her injury. She knew that she needed to wean herself off the narcotics as well as find a new way to manage her ongoing pain. Two barriers stood in her way—a reluctance to make her dependency public and how to pay for her new treatment plan.
Burlington, VT – Our client, the assistant manager of Sears Automotive, suffered a lower back injury as a result of bending over the hood of a vehicle for several hours. After months of conservative treatment, continued pain, and time off work, our client underwent a lumbar surgery. Although this improved his back condition, he had been out of work for nearly two years from the date of the injury. Sears denied his workers’ compensation claim because, they claimed, his injury had not occurred at work but on the vacation he had taken just days before the incident at work bending over the car.