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Alabama Workers’ Compensation  What is a Case Nurse Manager?

Alabama Workers’ Compensation  What is a Case Nurse Manager?

Alabama Workers’ Compensation; What is a Case Nurse Manager.  If you have suffered a serious job injury, chances are that sometime during the course of your medical treatment, you will be contacted and informed that the workers’ compensation insurance provider has hired a nurse to “assist” you as you attempt to obtain the medical care necessary for you to recuperate from your job injury.  This may sound like a useful service being offered you for free to help you, but unfortunately all too often this is not so.  Remember, they work for the insurance company, not for you.

Like all professions, it is the rotten apple that ruins the bunch.  It is true of attorneys, and it is true of nurses who perform medical case management for workers compensation.  There are many case managers who are diligent in their job and do what they can to assist an injured worker; but, in our experience many view the primary purpose of their job to perform investigation for the insurance provider in an attempt to undercut the injured employee’s claim.  In some instances, they have tried to talk the treating physician out of pursuing the course of treatment the doctor believes is best to treat the worker’s condition (usually because the chosen treatment is viewed as being too expensive) and when a Panel of Four has been selected, many times the case manager will ensure that the physicians on the panel are those who are unlikely to provide the treatment the injured worker needs.

If you have been given a case manager who is more interested in talking to you about any and all past injuries and illnesses and having you sign authorizations so they can obtain a copy of all your medical records in the last 20 years instead of pushing to get the tests and treatment the treating doctor told you that you needed, be wary.  If you are constantly being asked by the company nurse if some other incident could have caused your job injury or have been told that the job injury you suffered did not cause your problem-rather it is because of some preexisting condition, be forewarned.

If you have suffered a job injury, or have been fired after asking about workers’ compensation following a work injury, and you have questions about your right to Alabama workers’ compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help.  Appointments are available in person, or virtually through Zoom for your convenience from wherever you live.

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