If you were injured at work or as a result of work, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. Workers' compensation benefits allow for "reasonable and necessary" medical treatment.
Once your employer’s insurance company accepts your claim, medical benefits will be available to you. If the insurance company is investigating your claim, you can receive up to $10,000 in medical coverage in the meanwhile. Once your claim is accepted, the insurance company will pay your medical providers directly.
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, our legal team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation can help you take prompt action.
You should know that if your injury requires immediate attention, it is illegal for a medical practitioner to bill you if they know your injury was work-related.
Per claim, you will be limited to 24 physical therapy, 24 chiropractic, and 24 occupational therapy visits. If your claim is approved, you will most likely have to seek treatment from a doctor who is a member of your employer’s insurance company’s medical provider network. If you pay for any treatment out of pocket, keep a record of the date these expenses were incurred, your doctor’s name who suggested the treatment and evidence that you paid the expenses (so that you can receive reimbursement).
One of our skilled and experienced workers’ Bakersfield compensation attorneys can help you maximize your opportunities to receive 100% of the medical care your treating doctor recommends.