Sadly, what YOU think will get you Zero.
As Mr. Corson noted, FOCUS ON GETTING THE PRIMARY TREATING PHYSICIAN TO REPORT that you MUST have the hernia corrected so as to finish healing from the industrial injury.
There is Comp Case law that finds where a non-industrial condition is stopping the healing of an industrial injury, the comp carrier has to provide treatment 'reasonably necessary to relieve the effects of an industrial injury'.
IT IS UNLIKELY THAT MOST TREATING DOCTORS 'in bed' with the Insurance Adjuster will write that you need a Hernia Repair Surgery immediately to recover from the industrial spine injury properly, but that's what you'll need to get the hernia repaired now.
Anything is possible. The doctor would have to make a coherent argument that he has to fix your hernia to treat your back. I am at a complete loss to understand why you would ignore a pre-existing hernia and hope for the WC Carrier to fix it, but I see this stuff every week.
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WC usually covers medical care that is reasonable nad necessary to cure the work accident so if you doctor can explain how fixing the hernia must be done before addressing the back injury, it might be covered. But I would expect WC to accept just any explanation and I can see them getting a second opinion. Might be wise to hire an attorney to give you specific advice.
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