After being hurt at work, the employer is refusing to pay for the medical bills. With his back injury getting worse and worse, the viewer is not sure what his next steps should be. What if he can’t work ever again?
Dave Kuharchik: A regular viewer of “The Law & You” needs help. That’s why we’re here each and every night. Tonight, joined by attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath, who’s here for Ed. Good to see you guys.
Harry McGrath: Nice to see you Dave.
Dave: Here’s a question for us, sometimes we talk about these topics over and over, but there’s always someone new watching and Sue never thought she would need the advice of “The Law & You” but here it goes. She says, “I watch your show all the time and never thought I would need your help but I hurt my back at work and the employer won’t pay for medical bills and it’s getting worse. I’m not sure I can do my job anymore.” What can Sue in Stroudsburg here- sounds like she’s in a tough bind.
Harry: Sue, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your employer is on notice of the injury and the fact that it happened during the course and scope of your job and if in fact they are not going to pay your medical and they’re not going to pay your wages then you need to get on the phone with a lawyer immediately. Based on the information that you gave us, it sounds like something that should be covered by workers compensation insurance.
Greg: The other thing is yes, you should probably get a lawyer involved at this point but also you said something I thought was interesting, that you’re not sure if you can do your job any further. If you’re still doing your job and having problems, it’s very important for you to get the medical documentation and confer with a doctor to confer that “Hey look, you really can’t do your job because of your injury.” The fact that you think you can’t do it versus a medical opinion saying you can’t, that’s what’s going to win your day in court. Obviously, your testimony’s important. You would be able to say- describe your job and the things you can and can’t do at work. When a doctor renders an opinion that you’re unable to do that job, that’s what wins. That’s part of what the medical legal challenge you face when you go into the workers compensation arena.
Dave: Getting injured on the job are one of the specialties of our attorneys here on “The Law & You” so check them out by phone or online if you have a question. Results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath. Thanks so much guys.
Harry: Thank you, Dave
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