COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
O'Toole
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

Obtaining workers' compensation for chronic job-related pain

In our last post, we began looking at the problem of opioid abuse in connection with workplace injury. The problem, of course, is not only seen among injured workers, but it is an issue that workers' compensation insurers are working to address, partially to cut costs and partially to ensure more effective treatments and better prevention for workers.  

Chronic job-related pain can be every bit as disruptive to a worker as acute pain, yet workers who suffer from chronic pain may not know what to do about their situation because of a lack of clarity about the origin of the pain and whether they are eligible for workers' compensation on that basis. Given that coverage for workers' compensation claims depends on understanding the rules of the process, it is important to have guidance. 

The rules governing treatment of workers with chronic pain are found in the New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines. Medical providers treating an injured worker through the workers' compensation system are required to utilize the guidelines. Under these guidelines, the aim of all medical care and treatment is to restore a worker's functional ability so that he or she is able to perform daily job duties and to get back to his or her pre-injury status to a reasonable degree.

The Medical Treatment Guidelines provide for the best available treatment for workers who suffer from injury to the back, neck, knee or shoulder. Workers' compensation patients are supposed to receive quick treatment when their doctors make proper use of the guidelines.

In our next post, we'll look a bit more at the guidelines and when it may be helpful to work with an experienced legal advocate in cases involving chronic on-the-job pain. 

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal www.naacp.org - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300
CLOSE MENU  X

What can we help you find?