The Workers' Comp "Deep State" -- Oregon MCOs
Beware The Company Parking Lot
In May 1990, then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt called the state Legislature into a special session to adopt laws to control, what he said, were runaway costs of the workers’ compensation system. Goldschmidt was a secretive man who paid little attention to people who disagreed with him, preferring a "behind closed doors" corporate model of decision making – gather your loyal lieutenants, tell them what to do, and declare success.
A former corporate executive, the one-term Governor was a hot mess of ethically challenged behavior.
Does Your Doctor Know?
What happens if you park and while walking to the building entrance you slip on some ice and fall? Who is responsible for your injuries? It very well may be your unlucky day.
It's Just Paperwork...
As many as 8 out of 10 graduates of medical schools "failed to demonstrate basic competency in musculoskeletal medicine," according to a 2006 study published by the American Osteopathic Association and updated in 2017.
Does your attending physician know how to heal your muscle strain or sprain? Maybe not.
While Stopped At A Traffic Light
You were injured at work. You filed a claim for workers’ compensation and it
Your employer is cooperative. Your medical bills have been paid and you are
being paid "time loss" while you heal. You look forward to getting back to
work. Things are going smoothly ... or so you think.
Injured Workers: Is Medical Care A Noble Promise Or An Empty One?
While stopped at a traffic light, a billboard caught my eye. Pleasant people gazed back at me, advertising hope, help, and hard-hitting action. They were lawyers.
The pitch isn’t anything new. Attorneys have been advertising for years. Decades will pass before they stop (if they ever do) but the practice of legal advertising remains controversial.
Welcome to Our Exciting World of Law!
The Oregon Legislature has stated that the foremost objective of our workers’ compensation law is "to provide, regardless of fault, sure, prompt and complete medical treatment for injured workers ... ." ORS 656.012(2)(a).
A noble sentiment, but is it an empty legal promise? I hope not, but more and more it seems that medical treatment is the number one legal headache for injured workers.
How do lawyers blog about their law practice? Good question. (Maybe like this ...?)
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