Q: Can a workers compensation company be sued if the company continually withhold treatment and equipment referrals/orders.
My doctors have written numerous treatment and equipment referrals/orders that they feel will either help improve or at least help sustain my current health status due to my work injury. However, workers compensation continually acts as those requests do not exist. They have not denied or approved, but rather let them linger. While in the meantime, my circumstance has worsened and is worsening. My doctors write follow up request for workers compensation to please approve so that I may receive the help I need, but no response. Therefore, can workers compensation be sued for withholding treatment that can benefit me and assist with my quality of life? If so, how would I locate an attorney for this issue? Thank you for any and all assistance.
A: While you have a lawyer representing you, I suggest making an appointment with him and sharing your concerns and frustration over your situation. I have found that most good attorneys will respond positively and directly to client concerns like those posted on Justia website. I believe directly responding to your question while you are represented would be an ethical violation under NC Rules of Ethics.
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