WHAT MEDICAL BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE IN NJ COMP?
New Jersey Workers Comp provides that an employer shall furnish medical benefits. This includes surgical and hospital services as is necessary. That is, necessary to cure and relieve the effects of an injury. And to restore the functions of the impaired member or organ where restoration is possible.
Who Chooses The Treating Physician?
Simply stated, the employer selects the treating physician. The injured worker does not have the right to select the treating doctor in NJ workers compensation. As such, an injured worker needs to see what is commonly referred to as an “authorized” health care provider.
What is Reasonable and Necessary Medical Treatment?
The employer must provide reasonable and necessary medical treatment to the injured worker. While the medical benefit in NJ Comp is simple to state there are often difficulties in the interpretation. For example, what medical treatment does the injured worker need and why needed.
An experienced workers compensation attorney knows how to negotiate with the insurance company (or employer if self-insured) to get treatment authorized or how to take the matter before a Judge of Compensation for a judicial determination if necessary. Last but not least, our contact number is (856) 596-8000.