Q: Hello, I was injured at work and the company approved doctor said that I needed surgery. They submitted the paperwork
for authorization. While waiting for the authorization I was let go from my job. I just received notice from the doctor's office that the authorization had been approved. And they wanted to move forward with the surgery. Am I still allowed to proceed with the surgery? I don't want to be hit with a large hospital, surgery and follow up bill after the fact.
A: If the workers compensation carrier has authorized the surgery, and you have not received any notice of denial of benefits, then yes of course the carrier should be paying 100% for all medical treatment and the surgery. The fact that you were let go, assuming because you could not return to work should not affect your benefits, and there should be payment of disability wages.
I highly encourage you to speak to an experienced workers compensation attorney. The work comp system unfortunately, is run unfair for the injured workers and your rights may be trounced upon. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by hiring counsel to guide you along the way and to make sure the carrier provides all the benefits you are entitled to, now and in the future.
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