Changes to Workers Compensation Laws Cut Treatment Benefits to Save Money
There is a current trend by state legislatures to amend Workers Compensation laws to limit or even eliminate certain benefits. The goal is to alleviate the financial burden the Workers’ Compensation program puts on already financially-strapped states. Changes in the laws of some states, such as North Carolina, function to shorten the duration of benefits. Other changes to Workers Compensation laws, such as those recently in New York, may eliminate the type of treatments an injured worker may receive or may shorten the duration of an approved treatment.
A recent change enacted by New York’s Workers Compensation Board limits coverage for therapeutic approaches that aim for “functional improvement.” The policy change attempts to eliminate some treatment benefits for workers who suffer from chronic pain due to a workplace hazard or accident on the job. According to one chiropractic professional, the Board made this change to prevent coverage for workers with chronic conditions by covering certain treatments for only two to three months, after which time it is assumed that they should have recovered. The changes apply to new cases as well as existing cases.
Workers Compensation laws in all states, including those in Pennsylvania and Delaware, are subject to changes that trim the state’s budgetary deficits by chipping away at benefits protecting injured workers. Diligent Workers’ Compensation attorneys, such as those at Pearson Koutcher Law vigilantly watch for legislative changes that may affect their Pennsylvania and Delaware clients. The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law will evaluate your claim and ensure that the most advantageous interpretation of the laws is applied to your facts. Contact us today to discuss your Workers’ Compensation case.