Workers’ Compensation should cover all of your medical expenses associated with your work-related injury, and may even cover needs such as prosthetic limbs and wheel-chair accessible housing. However, your employer and its insurance company have control over which doctors you can use, and may even send you to dishonest doctors in order to cut your care and benefits short. You can request that the insurance company or the North Carolina Industrial Commission give you permission to use a different doctor, but you may need the help of a Workers’ Compensation attorney to prove that the change is necessary. Qualifying Medical Expenses Workers’ Compensation covers medical treatments and expenses that will: •Cure your injury •Improve disability caused by your injury •Relieve pain caused by your injury Some types of injuries and occupational illnesses can cause chronic, life-long pain. Even if your condition cannot be improved, you may be entitled to payment for your palliative care. There is no time limit for how long Workers’ Compensation will pay your medical expenses. If you need medical care for your injury for the rest of your life, Workers’ Compensation should pay for it. However, if you go for two years without needing any payments, your medical benefits can expire. You can prevent them from expiring by notifying the North Carolina Industrial Commission that you anticipate the need for future treatment, and getting their approval to keep your benefits available. Please contact White & Stradley, LLP, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys, today if you have been injured in a work-related accident or suffer from an occupational illness in North Carolina.
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