Job Injury Talladega County Denied Medical Treatment

If you live or work in Talladega County, AL* and have suffered a serious job injury, there may come a time during the course of your medical treatment in which the treatment recommended by your authorized treating physician is denied. In the next three blogs, we will deal with the two most common reasons given for denying reasonably necessary medical treatment in an Alabama Workers Compensation claim.

One of the most common excuses we hear for the denial of Alabama workers' compensation benefits is because the adjuster states the injury was preexisting. This defense rarely works because in Alabama, if a worker has a pre-existing condition which has not stopped them from being able to adequately perform their job duties, the law views the condition as being irrelevant. If you can do your job duties and a job accident worsens an underlying condition, then workers' compensation has to pick up liability for the worsened condition. This is because under Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute, a job injury does not have to be the sole, or even the main, cause of an injured workers' disability; the job injury just has to be a contributing factor in the disability. Thus, if a work injury combines with or aggravates a pre-existing condition (which has not prevented the worker from performing their job duties in a normal manner) to cause a disability or death, then the workers' compensation insurance carrier is liable for said disability/death.

Our Alabama Workers' Compensation attorneys have had actual discussions with insurance adjusters in which the adjuster was attempting to explain that our client's leg injury was really related to the fracture they suffered playing High School baseball and not due to the fall from a roof top they suffered at work. If you hear this "defense" from an adjuster, you are most likely being given the run around and it is time to get a lawyer. If you have been told that liability for your work injury was being denied due to a pre-existing, don't hesitate to call an experienced Birmingham Job Injury attorney at Powell and Denny.

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* includes the cities and towns of: Alpine, Bon Air, Childersburg, Gantts Quarry, Lincoln, Mignon, Munford, Oak Grove, Oxford, Sycamore, Sylacauga, Talladega, Talladega Springs, Vincent, Waldo.

Job Injury Talladega County Denied Medical Treatment