If you have an open workers’ compensation claim, chances are that you have already experienced the effect of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines. These guidelines currently govern the type, frequency and duration of medical care for injuries involving the back, neck, shoulder and knee. Such basic care as chiropractic and physical therapy are severely restricted when compared to past practices.
Insurance carriers routinely utilize these guidelines as a weapon to deny medical care to injured workers and a large number of hearings scheduled by the Board involve these issues. The procedural rules for denying medical care and objecting to such denials is complex and time sensitive. Improper handling of these issues will likely also impact your monetary benefits where the denied treatment is also a source of a medical disability statement.
At Gielowski, Federice & Caligiuri, LLP we take an agressive approach to handling improper attempts to deny medical treatment. We encourage you to contact us should you have issues involving the New York State Medical Treatment guidelines or other issues affecting your claim.