One of the most challenging aspects of a workers’ compensation claim is determining when the injured worker requires continued medical treatment. If you are suffering from a painful and debilitating work-related condition, it is important that you receive the treatment and care that you deserve to make you as whole as possible. The dedicated team of Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Pulgini & Norton are prepared to help you ensure that you receive the just outcome that you deserve.
In a recent claim, the worker suffered an injury to his left shoulder and a second work-related injury that affected his back. His employer’s insurer paid benefits until the date that he experienced the second injury when it paid him a new set of benefits. The insurer terminated the second set of benefits a few months later raising many issues, including pre-existing injury and lack of occupational cause.
The worker filed a claim for benefits for both injuries and the judge awarded benefits for the shoulder injury only. An independent medical examination was performed for the shoulder injury only, and a second independent medical examination was conducted for the back injury. The report for the back injury was later stricken, however, when it was discovered that the doctor had performed an examination of the employee in the past.