An injured employee should receive medical treatment for their injury whether or not their workers compensation claim is accepted.
If someone becomes injured or ill at the workplace, they are entitled to receive benefits under workers compensation. The employer or the insurance company will pay for the medical expenses arising out of the work-related injury. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the inability of the employee to go back to work, the worker may also receive disability benefits.
All Medical Expenses Related to the Injury
Missouri workers compensation attorneys inform us that an injured employee will receive medical benefits for the work-related injury even if they are still to file for a workers compensation claim. They will be given medical treatment for the injuries irrespective of whether or not their claim is accepted. An employee should understand that all medical expenses related to the injury, including the cost of diagnostic tests, emergency room charges, hospitalization charges, doctor visits, and other miscellaneous costs are covered by workers compensation. Employees can also claim the cost of traveling to the hospital for receiving medical treatment for the work-related injuries.
Quite often, injured workers are doubtful about whether the cost of diagnostic tests is covered under workers compensation. Diagnostic tests such as MRI, x-ray, or ultrasound that are conducted to evaluate the injury are covered under workers compensation.
The Costs of Alternative Treatments
Another common confusion is regarding the cost of alternative treatment. Everyone knows that standard treatment practices such as medication and even physiotherapy are covered by workers compensation, but are alternative treatment practices covered? Alternative treatments such as acupuncture or naturopathic treatment are not covered by workers compensation.
However, if the injured worker is willing to pay from his pocket for such treatments he can do it, and get the treatment. However, he will not be able to make a claim for this treatment. Physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatment may be covered under workers compensation, but there might be a restriction on the number of treatments you can receive.
Workers compensation may also cover surgery costs, if it is the only effective treatment available for the injury or illness. However, it will be approved only if other lines of treatment have been tried and have been found to be ineffective.
When the Medical Bills Will Be Paid
Many workers would like to know as to when will the medical bills be paid. According to Missouri workers compensation lawyer, the employer or the insurance company will pay the medical bills immediately, and continue to do so for the time period for which your claim is open.
To receive medical treatment for the work-related injury the worker needs to notify the injury to the employer and he can immediately start receiving medical treatment from the doctor designated by the employer’s insurance company. If at any point, the injured employee feels that he is not getting appropriate treatment or his bills are not being paid, he should immediately consult with The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300.