Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Delays in TreatmentMarch 15, 2017
As with any injury, whether it is a sports injury, or the result of a car accident or some other type of personal injury, getting the proper treatment is vital to the person’s recovery. This is also true when it comes to work-related injuries. Unfortunately, a number of employees in Montgomery County who have been injured on the job have not received the care they need. Many of these employees have come forward claiming that the Workers’ Compensation company responsible for providing work injury benefits caused delays in their care, which caused their injuries to worsen. As a result, many of these individuals were forced into early retirement from a job they loved.
A retired firefighter, who loved going to work every day, suffered from a work-related neck injury. The Workers’ Compensation company, CorVel, allegedly delayed his MRI and appointments with his doctor. The injured worker asserts that when he was finally able to see the neurosurgeon to confirm that he needed surgery, CorVel delayed it for over six months. As a result of the alleged delay, the injury had progressed and there was additional degeneration, enough so that the doctor would not allow his to return to work. For the former firefighter, this decision had a major impact on his quality of life and his ability to provide for his family.
Another purported example of an injured employee affected by CorVel is a Maryland State Police Corporal who suffered from work-related chronic back and leg pain for over five years. He received minimal physical therapy and epidural injections that barely helped, and did not last. According to his doctor, his injury requires surgery, but the worker reports that he continues to deal with frustrating delays from the Workers’ Compensation company.
Finally, a Montgomery police officer who suffered a back injury while on the job, was denied disability after being forced to wait two years for the decision. She was unable to return to her job as a police officer after doctors said she was physically unable to perform her duties.
Many believe that Workers’ Compensation insurance companies delay expensive testing and treatment in order to save money. Withholding money that would go toward diagnosis and treatment helps their bottom line and looks better to shareholders. The governor of Maryland has appointed a board that will review any complaint against a Workers’ Compensation company that intentionally delays the diagnosis or treatment of an employee who has been injured on the job.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Injured Workers
If you have been injured on the job and you are not receiving the benefits you deserve, or you are forced to wait an unreasonable amount of time for treatment only to be denied, contact the reputable Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will fight to ensure that you receive the benefits that you deserve so that you can recover from your injuries and return to work. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.