Told it was a coincidence
Alabama Job Injury Attorneys: Told it was a coincidence: Recently I had a telephone conversation with an injured worker who, at the direction of the workers compensation adjuster, had seen Dr. Jeffrey Todd Smith for a back injury they suffered at work. He had suffered his back injury while lifting material at work, had provided notice of said injury, had been seen by the initial treating physician and was referred to see Dr. Smith after an MRI revealed a herniated disc. He was irate because he was informed that his disc injury was old and that it was just “a coincidence” that he had experienced pain while lifting a box and that his injury therefore would not be covered under workers compensation, but that he would be glad to treat him under his personal health insurance.
The worker was understandably skeptical of such a diagnosis. Most disk injuries do not readily tell when the disc was injured, so how a doctor was able to reach this opinion based on an MRI is not clear; but regardless, even if the doctor was correct, it doesn’t matter in workers compensation claims as, in Alabama, if you have a preexisting condition which does not affect your ability to perform your job duties and something at work aggravates this pre-existing problem-workers comp is responsible for your medical treatment.
Our firm was hired, and we were able to show that our client did not have a history of back problems prior to the job injury and the workers’ compensation insurance adjuster relented and authorized treatment for the injury.
If you live or work in Alabama, you suffered a work injury and the company doctor has told you that your pain is merely coincidental and that your pain is related to a preexisting medical condition and your claim has been denied, you don’t have to take no as an answer.
If you have suffered 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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Told it was a coincidence