Extent of Injury

 
Hi my name’s Kim Wyatt, I’m the Managing Attorney of Bailey & Galyen’s Workers’ Comp Department.

You may be experiencing issues with what your injury is. The insurance adjuster may be labeling it as very minor, when you and your doctor think it’s way more severe than that. This is called extent of injury. What body parts are part of your injury? For example, the insurance might have accepted a contusion which is a bruise or a sprain/strain.

Your doctor, after having MRI or further testing has indicated that you have disc involvement in your lumbar or cervical areas. That is more severe of a condition. The insurance most typically will deny that, dispute it, and you will need to take it to a hearing in order to win those body parts. It is not a simple common sense approach as to what your injuries are. The insurance company generally tries to accept just the minimum injuries possible and you have to fight your way to get the more severe conditions.

Give us a call today for a free initial phone evaluation of your case so that we can see how we might be able to help you.

Workers’ Compensation: Benefit Review Conferences

Hi my name is Kim Wyatt, Managing Attorney of Bailey & Galyen’s Workers’ Comp Department.

Do you have your first benefit review conference scheduled? Also called a BRC. This is an informal meeting that takes place in an office setting and usually the insurance companies representative shows up and you show up. You need to either have an ombudsman assist you or hire an attorney to assist you.

It’s a very informal proceeding, you usually have about 2 of these before you have to be scheduled for a contested case hearing assuming that your issues don’t get resolved.

Give us a call today for a free initial phone evaluation of your case so that we can see how we might be able to help you.

Network Doctors

Hi, my name’s Kim Wyatt. I’m the managing attorney of Bailey & Galyen’s Workers’ Comp department. The first thing you need to find when you look for a doctor is, are they in network or out of network. The insurance companies for a few years now, have gone to network type doctors. If your doctor is not in network they can not treat you. The rules are very strict with which doctors you can see, if it’s a network provider. We could assist you in finding a network provider, but it’s very important initially that you find out if your company subscribes to a network or non network insurance policy. Give us a call today for a free initial phone evaluation of your case, so that we can see how we might be able to help you.

New Treating Physician

Hi, my name’s Kim Wyatt. I’m the managing attorney of Bailey & Galyen’s Workers’ Comp department. Are you happy with your current treating physician? Do you feel like they’re working more for the insurance company? Or are they there to help you? If you feel like you need a new doctor, or one that is closer to you, we can assist with finding a new treating physician for you that accepts Workers’ Comp insurance. Give us a call today for a free initial phone evaluation of your case, so that we can see how we might be able to help you.

Repetitive Injuries

Hi, my name is Kim Wyatt. I’m the managing attorney of Bailey & Galyen’s Workers’ Comp Department.

When you suffer a repetitive injury at work, you need to be very careful what the date of injury is. By rule, the date of injury is the date YOU realize that your injury is work-related, NOT when symptoms started. Be very careful when the carrier tries to get a recorded statement, and the first question they ask is, when did you experience these symptoms? It might have been six months ago, but you didn’t realize it was work related until the light bulb when on, and a doctor or you met with a physician that indicated, what do you do at work that might have caused this injury? That is your date of injury, not the date of the first initial symptoms.

Give us a call today for a Free Initial Phone Evaluation of your case, so that we can see how we might be able to help you.