Medical Treatment For A Work Injury- Workers Compensation??

Date: September 15, 2014
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Question: I suffered a small cut on my finger at work last month. My boss was in the room when it happened.  I went to the company nurse who cleaned the cut and gave me a band-aid. No paperwork was filled out because it semed like no big deal. Well now the cut is infected. It’s really sore and I had to go to the emergency room last night to get treatment. I’m still able to work. But I was wondering whether this bill will be covered by workers comp? Anonymous, Northeast Pa.

Answer: Any injury, no matter how small or trivial, should be covered under workers compensation so long as the medical treatment is directly related to an injury that occurred in the course and scope of employment. In your case, as long as the treatment can be shown to result from the work injury, it should be covered. Contact your boss or a supervisor and advise them of the situation. Tell them that you want to document your claim and ask that the medical bills be submtted as treatment of a work injury under your employer’s workers compensation coverage.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.