Workers’ compensation is a mandatory insurance program that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill due to their job. In most cases, workers’ comp will pay for physical therapy treatment deemed necessary to help an injured worker regain function and return to work.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a type of treatment that helps people regain movement and function after an injury or illness. Physical therapists use various techniques, including exercises, stretches, medical devices, and massage, to help patients improve their strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
Physical Therapy Services and Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina
Under workman’s comp, employers or their workers’ comp insurance carriers are responsible for paying for reasonably necessary medical treatment associated with a workplace injury.
To get your physical therapy paid for by workers’ compensation, it must be ordered by an authorized treating physician as a necessary part of your injury treatment. This includes:
- Injured workers that need physical therapy treatment immediately after an injury to aid in rehabilitation.
- Short-term rehabilitation services that help injured workers regain function and return to work.
- Rehabilitative therapy after a surgical procedure related to a workplace injury.
Does Workers’ Comp Cover Ongoing Physical Therapy?
Ongoing physical therapy aims to provide an injured employee the chance to recover in the best possible manner. This treatment is sometimes covered under workers’ comp and would be in the case of a long-term disability.
Contact Collier Law to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits for long-term physical therapy.
What Happens If the Insurance Company Denies Treatment?
If the insurance company denies payment for physical therapy, you have the right to appeal. An attorney at Collier Law can help you with this process and represent your best interests.
How Collier Law Can Help You With the Workers’ Compensation Process
If you or someone you love has suffered a job-related injury or illness, call an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at Collier Law for assistance with your workers’ comp case.
You are so much more than a number to us: we value our attorney-client relationship and getting the justice you deserve. We are advocates for injured employees. Call for a free consultation to find out how we may assist you.