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Alabama Workers Compensation Claim Medical Benefits

If you work in Alabama and have suffered a job injury at work, you are most likely entitled to benefits under Alabama's Workers' Comp Law (if you have questions as to whether you have a valid Alabama Workers Compensation claim, please read our blog " Alabama Workers Compensation Benefits-Do I have a Claim"). Part of your rights under our Worker' Compensation Law includes your medical treatment.

As we discussed in our last blog, your employer's workers compensation insurance carrier has to pay for any and all medical treatment which is reasonable and necessary given your injuries. Unfortunately, in the past few years getting the insurance carrier to authorize medical treatment for those who have suffered job injuries has become more and more difficult. In the majority of situations we see, the difficulty in getting medical treatment approved does not lie with the medical treatment recommended by the doctor chosen by the workers' compensation insurance carrier, but with the fact that the insurance carrier simply does not want to pay for the reasonable and necessary treatment.

Ala.Code §25-5-77(a) states "...the employer...shall pay [for all] reasonably necessary medical and surgical treatment and attention, physical rehabilitation, medicine, medical and surgical supplies, crutches, artificial members, and other apparatus as the result of an accident arising out or and in the course of the employment...." This section is not open to misinterpretation, it unequivocally states that the employer shall pay for all treatment which is reasonably necessary given the injured workers' condition.

While Alabama's Workers' Compensation Law is unambiguous about this fact, far too often the workers' compensation insurance carrier will attempt to evade their responsibility by having some doctor in another state review some of your records and opine that the treatment recommended for you is not reasonably necessary. While we cannot see what tomorrow may bring, the experienced Alabama Work Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny have, to date, never lost an argument before the court when this occurs. The fact remains that if the recommended treatment was not "reasonably necessary," it is doubtful that your treating physician would have recommended the treatment, and the court gives greater weight to the opinion of the treating physician, as opposed to some doctor of unknown qualifications who is paid for an opinion.

If you are having difficulty getting the medical treatment recommended by your treating physician approved, the Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny would be happy to discuss your case with you free of charge.

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The Alabama Job Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny have successfully represented injured workers throughout Alabama, from cities and towns such as: Athens, Decatur, Trinity, Hartselle, Madison, Toney, Scottsboro, Stevenson, Guntersville, Albertville, Arab, Holly Pond, Cullman, Hanceville, Oneonta, Leeds, Tarrant City, Center Point, Fairfield, Hueytown, Bessemer, Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Mountain Brook Alabaster, Helena, Pelham, Hoover, Alexander City, Sylacauga, Phenix City, Evergreen, Selma, Monroeville, Andalusia, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, West Point, Adamsville, Gardendale, Fultondale, Graysville, Adamsville, Pell City, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Cottondale and in between.

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