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Medical care after a California work injury can be complicated
Like all states, California has laws governing how its workers’ compensation program functions. There are many rules and regulations associated with the program about which you may never need to learn. However, when it comes to getting the medical care you require after a work injury, increasing your knowledge is wise.
Are any specific treatments disallowed?
According to the Injured Worker Guidebook, workers’ compensation pays for reasonable medical care necessary to relieve or cure the injury and its effects. It is hard to access a full list of covered treatments. At the same time, it is also hard to find a list of treatments the system will not pay for. As a rule, workers’ compensation typically covers treatments that are backed or proven by science.
What about unconventional treatments?
Chapter 3 of the guidebook discusses, in brief, the types of medical care you can seek after a workplace injury. Acupuncture appears in this chapter as a form of treatment along with chronic pain relief and post-surgical care. No treatments considered unconventional are mentioned.
Are you still confused?
If so, you are not alone. Many injured workers in San Jose and other California cities are also confused by these seemingly vague medical care guidelines. The guidebook cannot be too specific because each case is unique and may require different types of treatment. On the other hand, it tries to provide information for on-the-job injury victims to use.
Try to learn as much as possible about the worker’s compensation program. You can continue browsing online government publications, or you can turn to an experienced attorney that understands workers’ comp rules and restrictions.