If you have been injured on the job and your Workers’ Compensation claim was approved, you likely have begun getting treatment that is paid for by your employer. Just because your claim was approved does not mean that your treatment will go smoothly.
We see that many workers only have issues once treatment has begun. These problems can present complicated issues that are specific to the Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Program1 that should be handled by a Workers’ Comp attorney.
The worker wants to refuse treatment
As a patient, you have the right to refuse any treatment you do not want or do not think is helping. If you refuse, however, you may lose your Workers’ Comp benefits. In deciding whether you will lose your benefits, the arbitrator will look to whether your refusal is reasonable by weighing the risks involved in the surgery and the likelihood that the treatment will improve your condition.
The arbitrator will be concerned with whether your refusal will mean that you will remain injured and collect Workers’ Comp benefits unnecessarily. If you are thinking about refusing treatment, it is prudent to talk about your concerns with your doctor first.
Workers’ Comp will not pay for a specific treatment
It is a fairly common problem that an employer refuses to pay for treatment that your doctor recommends. In this circumstance, you will be required to submit to an independent medical exam (IME).
The Workers’ Comp insurer will select the doctor and pay for the IME. The IME doctor will then issue a report about the necessity of the procedure you are requesting. If all parties cannot agree, an arbitrator will make the determination.
An employer will not pay medical bills
Sometimes employers or their insurers refuse to pay for medical treatment. An employer is required to pay your medical bills reasonably related to the accident. If your employer refuses and there is not a good reason for the refusal, an arbitrator can order them to pay.
Contact an Illinois Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you are experiencing problems with your Workers’ Comp treatment, you do not need to fight doctors and employers alone. When you hire the Workers’ Comp lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C., you will have an experienced attorney who understands the Workers’ Comp system and will fight hard to get you the treatment you are entitled to under Illinois law.2
Call the Chicago Workers’ Comp attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free initial evaluation of your case.