It is recommended that workers seek treatment right away for any injury, even if it initially appears to be a minor one. This means consulting with a qualified doctor immediately after a work-related accident or experiencing the initial symptoms of toxic exposure on the job. Receiving prompt treatment allows you to achieve faster recovery, as well as prevent employers and insurance companies from downplaying the seriousness of the medical condition or arguing that the injury is not related to work. At Cardinal Law Partners, we have stellar expertise in helping injured workers who require home nursing services.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation insurance covers the rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and medical expenses of employees who have been injured in the course and scope of their job. North Carolina law also requires workers’ compensation insurance companies to pay death benefits to deceased workers’ family members and dependents.
When Do You Need To Visit Nursing Facilities?
After employees reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) for catastrophic personal injuries sustained on the job, they may return home instead of a nursing home facility. These workers, however, may have a hard time performing daily activities, such as changing their wounds’ dressings, changing catheters, taking prescription medication, and attending medical appointments and physical therapy.
Oftentimes, this happens to injured employees who suffered severe physical injuries or traumatic brain injuries. In these cases, doctors may arrange for the worker to receive daily home nursing care and require them to commit to weekly medical evaluations. This type of medical care involves significant costs and it is important for the employee to pursue a workers’ compensation claim without delay.
Common Problems Encountered During Workers’ Compensation Claims Processes
If your application for nursing services has not been approved after a week or two, your workers’ compensation insurance carrier may be delaying or denying the claims process. Below is a quick look at some of the common scenarios:
- Insurance companies denying one’s request for treatment by filing a Form WC-3 Notice
- Insurance companies simply not approving the treatment without denying the request
- Insurance companies delaying the approval process by getting a second opinion from the treatment specialist or by utilization review documents
- Insurance companies partially approve a doctor’s recommendations
How Cardinal Law Partners Can Help
Utilizing 50 years of collective legal experience, lawyers from Cardinal Law Partners have defended and represented hundreds of employees in a wide variety of workers’ compensation cases. Attorneys Kristin Henriksen, Justin Wraight, Megan Callahan, and John Landry have collaborated with a wide range of nurses throughout Belmont, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Our team also has stellar expertise in scheduling a court hearing, filing a motion to get your treatment approved, and filing Industrial Commission Forms on our clients’ behalf. Simply put, our clients are in good hands when they leave it to Cardinal Law Partners to handle their workers’ compensation claims.
If you wish to learn more about Cardinal Law Partners’ stellar expertise in healthcare providers such as nurses, do not hesitate to schedule a free, initial consultation with us today!