When a person is injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may include the costs of medical treatment and compensation for lost wages during rehabilitation and prescription medications. With many of the injuries sustained in the workplace leading to chronic pain, this means that some of the prescriptions being covered by workers’ compensation are often opioids. Though opioids are an effective pain management tool, their use and overuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and has become a leading cause of addiction and death. In addition to encouraging physicians to limit the frequency and quantity of prescribing these drugs, healthcare administrators are also advocating for the use of alternative forms of pain management. Unfortunately, though equally effective, these may not be approved by workers’ compensation insurance companies. Some of these alternatives include:
If you have been injured at work and are suffering from chronic pain, you need to be sure that you can count on the workers’ compensation benefits that you need. Call the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Malamut and Associates today to set up an appointment.