There are several issues that routinely arise in Cape Cod workers’ compensation cases. One of these is the payment or reimbursement of the injured employee’s medical expenses.
Ideally, the employee’s medical expenses would be paid in the regular course of business following his or her accident or illness, so long as certain conditions were met (such as seeing a doctor who was approved by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier). Sometimes, however, this does not happen, and the employee must seek assistance from the court.
Even if the workers’ compensation insurance company initially refused to pay the injured worker’s medical expenses, the court may order the company to pay such expenses, either directly to the medical providers or as reimbursement to the worker (or, sometimes, to a health insurance company that paid the expenses on the worker’s behalf). Of course, there are sometimes situations in which the court finds that the workers’ compensation insurance company was not obligated to make such payments.