This post discusses what to do with NC job Injury Medical Bills. Read on for information on how to handle these bills.
While performing your job duties, you injured yourself at work. You informed your employer and they instructed you to report for medical treatment. You leave work and go straight to the hospital or a medical provider that your employer instructed you to go to. While there, you are evaluated and informed of what injury you sustained on the job. Xrays or CTs are done to ensure a correct diagnosis. You are instructed to follow up with your own medical provider or to go to a specialist for care. As instructed, you go to your doctor or a specialist for your work related injury and ongoing symptoms. More examinations and testing is done. While you are focused on getting well there is a looming question that must be answered: who is going to pay for all of this medical treatment?
Who pays for NC Job Injury Medical Bills?
The first step is to inform your employer in writing about your injury. Secondly, you should file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission by completing Form 18 and sending a copy to to your employer. Next, you should contact your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance and start a claim with them. You should make the Worker’s Comp adjuster aware of all medical expenses you have incurred and if you are still receiving medical treatment. But what if they deny your claim or accept your claim but refuse to pay for some of your medical treatment? At this point, you should consult with a NC Worker’s Compensation Attorney who can help you recover for your medical and other accident-related medical expenses.
Fortunately, while your Worker’s Compensation claim is pending a health care provider should not pursue a claim against you:
Workers’ Compensation Act, 97-90: (e) A health care provider shall not pursue a private claim against an employee for all or part of the costs of medical treatment provided to the employee by the provider unless the employee’s claim or the treatment is finally adjudicated not to be compensable or the employee fails to request a hearing after denial of liability by the employer. Notwithstanding subsequent denial of liability or adjudication that the condition treated was not compensable, the insurer shall be liable as provided in G.S. 97-26 to providers whose services have been authorized by the insurer or employer. The statute of limitations applicable to a provider’s claim for payment shall be tolled during the period the compensability of a claim or liability for particular treatment remains an issue in a compensation case.
Even though the above is the law, sometimes it takes a trained NC Workers compensation Lawyer to remind medical providers of what the law says. If you have a pending Worker’s Compensation case but continue to receive NC job Injury Medical Bills and past due notices , give The Bishop Law Firm a call today, (919) 615-3095.