When You Try to Protect Your Health but Your Employer Is Only Thinking About the Bottom Line
Even if you mostly found history class boring in school, you probably remember the horrifying stories about how dangerous the workplace was in the 19th century. Despite the tiny print in the textbook or your teacher’s monotone voice, you remember that, as industry began to thrive on an unprecedented scale in America’s big cities, men, women, and children worked 12-hour days in cramped quarters. If a machine severed a body part from one person, everyone just had to keep working. If a fire broke out, the chances of controlling it were as low as the chances of escape. It is true that factories and other workplaces are much safer now than they were 150 years ago, thanks in large part to laws regulating workplace safety. Of course, it is in your employer’s interest to pay for treatment for your work-related injuries, as workers’ compensation laws require employers to do. In the end, though, your employer’s highest priority is its financial wellbeing, though, not your health. Many injured workers find that their employers put great effort into paying as little as possible for their employees’ medical treatment. If you are involved in a dispute with your employer about whether your health problems are work-related or how much treatment you need, contact a South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.
Pre-Existing Conditions: A Sticking Point in Many Workers’ Compensation Disputes
No matter your line of work, you are lucky to make it to middle age without any injuries that cause chronic or recurrent pain. Maybe you got overambitious showing off to your buddies at the gym when you were in your 20s, and now your shoulder still hurts sometimes when you do heavy lifting at work. Perhaps the swelling in your ankles during pregnancy went away after your children were born, but even though your kids are bigger now, your feet still hurt after you stand up all day at work. Don’t be surprised if the workers’ compensation doctor attributes your symptoms to everything except the work injury, even if your old aches and pains were nothing like the pain you have experienced since your accident at work.
When Workers’ Compensation Patients Speak Up
Many people feel that they have little choice about their medical treatment after filing a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, you only get to request a change of treating physician once. If you disagree with your doctor’s diagnoses of your condition or decision about your treatment, you can have an independent medical examiner review your case. In both of these situations, you have to go through a lot of hassle to get relief from your symptoms, and it is always your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance calling the shots. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you stand up to bullies who are just trying to spend as little corporate money as possible on your treatment.
Let Us Help You Today
A workers’ compensation lawyer can help keep the attention on your medical needs and not on corporate profits. Contact the Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld for professional help.