If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical treatment. But what about your medical treatment after your case is over?
The answer depends on the type of settlement you receive. If you settle your case with a compensation stipulation, you may be able to continue receiving medical treatment for your work injury. This is because an indemnity stipulation often includes a provision for open medical care.
Open health care
Open medical care means that your doctor can continue to order treatment for your work-related injury even after your case is over. This treatment may include physical therapy, injections, or surgery.
However, if you settle your case with a compromise and release, you will generally give up your right to future medical care. This means that you will no longer be able to receive treatment for your work injury, even if your condition worsens.
There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, suppose your condition worsens due to an intervening factor, such as a new job. In that case, you may be able to file a new workers’ compensation claim and receive medical treatment for your work-related injury.
It is crucial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your rights after the case is over. At Julie O Law, we can help you understand your options and make sure you receive the medical treatment you need.
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The type of injury you sustained may also affect your ability to receive future medical treatment. For example, if you suffered a permanent disability, you may be able to continue receiving medical treatment for that disability, even if your case is over.
If you have any questions about your rights to future medical treatment after your workers’ compensation case is over, don’t hesitate to contact The Julie O Law Team.