Why Has My Routine Medical Treatment Been Denied?

At Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., we remain at the side of injured clients and grieving family members following a work-related accident. The focus of our legal practice is Workers' Compensation and other claims related to it. Our job is to not only simplify the process, but also answer any and all related questions.

New Medical Treatment Guidelines

On December 1st, 2010, new treatment guidelines went into effect that created limitations. These new rules do not allow extended palliative treatment, specifically treatment that makes you feel better as opposed to getting better. Medical treatment must be more than helpful. It must be a means to a cure. Simply stated, regularly scheduled, ongoing chiropractic treatments are no longer authorized.

Prior to the enactment, doctors made the decision on necessary treatments unless the costs exceeded $1,000. Now, a specific order and nature of treatment are dictated by rules and regulations before any surgery can occur. For any variance, a doctor must make a formal request in court.

These rules are a subject of great debate among both carriers and claimants. Questions have been raised and lawsuits have been filed over the board's authority to change what an injured party is entitled to according to an existing statute allowing treatment due to injury.

The attorneys at Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., are skilled in arguments before judges regarding these new workers' compensation rules and have appeared in court over this issue. While a successful outcome is not guaranteed, effective and compelling arguments can make a difference in the medical treatment our injured clients receive.

If you have experienced a work-related injury, you can talk with one of our experienced Schenectady disability lawyers. Call 518-631-4521 or contact us online for a free initial consultation with a New York work injury compensation attorney. We are conveniently located near Albany.