Thursday, March 31, 2011
Where You Get Your MRI Matters (AZ Workers Comp)
I don't know about you, but if I've suffered an on-the-job back injury and the decision whether or not to do surgery depends on an MRI, I want the picture taken with the highest quality diagnostic equipment available, not the one that's going to save the insurance carrier a couple hundred bucks.
Remember that in Arizona workers comp, unless your Employer is self-insured, you have the right to direct your own medical care. I personally think that that extends to where diagnostic studies are performed. The carrier is required to pay for treatment under the Industrial Commission Fee Schedule. You want the best care possible. Always ask your doctor which facility they prefer for their diagnostic imaging and insist on getting the MRI, CT, EMG, or whatever at that facility.
Chad T. Snow is an Arizona Workers (workmans) compensation attorney with offices in Phoenix and Tucson. He has represented thousands of injured workers before the Industrial Commission and Court of Appeals. He can be reached at his website, Snow, Carpio, and Weekley, or at (602) 532-0700 and (520) 647-9000.