When you suffer an injury on the job, you may be able to recover and return to a normal functioning level. This can be a contentious issue in cases, especially when you argue that you still need medical treatment, but the insurer argues that you have reached maximum medical improvement. When complex medical conditions are involved, it can become even more frustrating. Part of the intent behind the workers’ compensation system is to ensure that an employee has the financial support that he or she needs to obtain medical treatment for the work-related injury. As seasoned Boston work injury attorneys, we have handled a variety of workers’ compensation cases on behalf of injured workers throughout the region. Our team will fight zealously for you to ensure that you receive the fair treatment and outcome that you deserve.
A recent case explored a situation involving an employee who reportedly suffered a shoulder injury followed by a back injury while at work. The employee received benefits, but the insurer eventually raised issues including causation, that the employee had a pre-existing condition, and that his injury was not caused by a work-related condition. At the hearing to determine whether the employee was entitled to benefits, the employee requested payment for the reasonable cost of a shoulder surgery to address his shoulder condition.
The judge concluded that the employee had reached maximum improvement on his shoulder injury but that he was partially disabled as a result. The judge also awarded benefits for the back injury, finding it to be causally related to his job duties. Both parties appealed. The judge also noted that the employee had sought medical benefits in a general fashion.