If you suffer an injury at work, you may be given prescriptions for different medications to help you recover and to treat your conditions. The workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts is designed to give employees who are injured on the job weekly benefits to cover their missed wages as well as reimbursements for medical expenses related to their work injury. Even though this mandate is clear, many insurance companies try to deny claims for medical expense reimbursements. The seasoned Boston workers’ compensation lawyers at Mass Injury Group are ready to help you fight for the fair treatment that you deserve.
A Massachusetts Court of Appeal recently considered a matter in which the insurance company was appealing from a lower court order stating that it was required to pay benefits and medical expense reimbursements. The medical prescriptions included ibuprofen and Topamax. According to the insurance company, the lower court judge did not appropriately evaluate whether there was a causal connection between the treatment prescribed and the alleged work injury. It also alleged that the lower court judge did not correctly characterize evidence offered at the hearing about whether the worker was obese.
The worker suffered an injury while he was at his company’s cookout party where he slipped and injured his left knee. Although he was willing to continue working and tried to do so, he was eventually forced to stop. He ended up undergoing a number of surgeries to his ankle and knee. The insurer argued that the employee’s obesity should be viewed as a pre-existing condition. The lower court eventually awarded benefits and medical reimbursements to the employee. The insurer appealed.