Workers' Compensation Medical Benefits
The Alabama Workers' Compensation Act is expressly intended to provide medical benefits to injured workers. In order to begin to receive medical benefits, you should read about the first steps to take when you are injured. In order to be eligible for workers' compensation medical benefits, there are a few simple requirements:
- The worker must have been acting in the line and scope of employment
- The injury must not be a result of drug or alcohol intoxication
If you have questions, you can read more about whether your injury will be covered under workers' compensation.
What Medical Benefits are provided?
Your employer will provide you with medical treatment by assigning you a doctor that will be known as your Authorized Treating Physician. Your Authorized Treating Physician will then direct your medical treatment and provide you whatever treatment is reasonable and medically necessary to treat your injury. Common treatment options include:
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Management
- Long-term care
Your Authorized treating physician will refer you to different medical specialists or treatment facilities as your need arises. You will not receive medical treatment for any pre-exising ailment or injury, or for injuries that are not work-related.
Who Selects the Authorized Treating Physician?
Your employer gets to choose your doctor. You do not get to consult your regular physician for medical treatment unless your employer approves. In fact, consulting medical treatment without approval of your employer may result in your employer not paying for the medical expense.
However, if you do not like the doctor, you can request a second opinion. There is a procedure required to request a second opinion, and you are only allowed to do it once, so it is a good idea to consult with an attorney before usuing that option. You are invited to contact me if you want to discuss your claim in further detai.
Duration of Medical Benefits | MMI | FCE
Medical benefits are provided for as long as is reasonably necessary to treat the work-related injury. At some point, however, you reach a point where your condition has improved as much as it is going to improve. This does not always mean you are healed, but that your condition has plateaud. Your Authorized Treating Physician will determine that you have reached a point of Maximum Medical Improvement, which is commonly referred to as "MMI."
Once you reach MMI, it is common, but not mandatory, that your Authorized Treating Physician will order a test to evaluate the extent of your permanent injuries. This test is known as a Functional Capacity Evaluation, or "FCE", and is commonly conducted at a physical therapy facility. Whether your injury and treatment requires an FCE is determined by your Authorized Treating Physician.
Regardless, there is no limit to the duration of your medical benefits. They last for as long as you require treatment unless you choose to close that right as part of your settlement.
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