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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions Medical Treatment Denied

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: What do I do if my recommended medical treatment is denied by workers compensation? In Alabama, the law is clear: the employer (usually their workers compensation carrier) shall pay for any and all reasonably necessary medical treatment. Reasonably necessary is defined as follows: "this standard does not necessarily limit the parties to the single 'best' treatment available. Nothing in the Act suggests that there can be only one 'reasonably necessary' approach to treating a given patient and his or her injury or illness... As a matter of statutory construction, as well as common sense, it undoubtedly is possible in many cases for more than one treatment alternative to fall within the realm of what would be 'reasonably necessary' to effectively treat a given employee." Ex parte Southeast Medical Center, 835 So.2d 1042, 1045 (Ala.Civ.App.2002).

What happens these days is that the workers compensation insurance carrier will send some of your records to another doctor (generally in another State), pay for their services and ask them to opine whether the treatment that was recommended is really needed. The carrier will not explain Alabama law to their paid doctor, and using some other standard supplied by the workers compensation insurance carrier- not surprisingly this doctor will often say that the expensive treatment is not needed, leaving the injured worker high and dry.

For injured workers whom we represent, at this point we file suit and take the question straight to the court; while no one knows what tomorrow may bring, thus far no court has ruled against us when we ask that they order the insurance carrier to pay for the recommended treatment, because our judges know the law-we make sure of it.

If the doctor the workers compensation insurance carrier has told you to see has recommended medical treatment, but the insurance company writes to tell you that you really don't need the treatment-don't accept it-We can Help.

If you or a loved one suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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