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What If I Disagree With An MCO Over My Treatment Of An Injured Worker?

You may be among those physicians who found the emergence of managed care organizations (“MCO’s”) unsettling. The idea of others judging and second-guessing your treatment decisions and fees did not appeal to you. Well, MCO’s appear to be here to stay. Oregon has extensive administrative rules governing the delivery of medical services through MCO’s (OAR […]

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The Role Of Attending Physician In A Workers’ Compensation Case

If you are treating a patient with a work injury, it is important to establish yourself as the “attending physician.” This is important to get paid for your services, as well as to proper processing of your patient’s Workers’ Compensation claim. The “attending physician” is the doctor or physician who is primarily responsible for the […]

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Is An Aging Back A “Preexisting Condition” Which Should Preclude Comp Benefits

Many workers – our clients and your patients – have suffered (or potentially face) severe economic hardship because their work-related back and neck injuries are precluded from Workers’ Compensation coverage primarily because of their age. This is the result of the new (1995) “preexisting condition” definition which is now being applied in a way which […]

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Your Chart Notes As Evidence: Helping Lawyers On Both Sides Sort Out Medical Damages

You are probably aware that medical records are important evidence in any personal injury case. This article gives an overview of the ways chart notes and other medical records are used to assess medical damages (the dollar value of the medical “loss” sustained by the injured person as a result of another’s actions or negligence). […]

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How Doctors’ Opinions Prove Major Cause In Comp Cases

Injured workers who must prove they need treatment primarily because of their work injury depend on their doctors’ opinions to do so. What makes for a legally convincing medical opinion?   Recent changes in the Workers’ Compensation law which require a showing of “major cause” in some contexts have created a semantic challenge both for […]

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Workers’ Aggravation Claims Must Follow Letter Of Law

A worker who has suffered a compensable injury is entitled to additional compensations for worsened conditions which result from the original injury. This is called a “Claim for Aggravation.” However, an injured worker who has suffered a worsening of his injury runs the risk of having his aggravation claim ignored if the required written medical […]

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Court Applies “Major Cause” To Worker’s Need For Treatment

A decision which will affect the nature of opinions sought from doctors in workers’ compensation cases was handed down by the Oregon Court Of Appeals in May1997. This is of special interest to our readers in light of our recent series of articles on “preexisting conditions.” Doctors treating injured workers with preexisting conditions will now […]

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