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I injured my back on January 18th of last year. I didn't go to work for two weeks before I finally went to the doctor. No testing was done to see what could be the problem. I did some physical therapy and had frequent doctor visits. I got sent to a specialist 4 months later who ordered an MRI. I herniated two discs. They did conservative treatment to no avail and ended up having surgery last September. The surgery didnt go as well as planned and i am in virtually the same boat as before surgery. As of now my doctor is still reporting that I am "totally disabled" but my workers comp just informed me that they are now denying me treatment. Is this legal? Do I need a lawyer? I've never been denied treatment until now.

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This may be "legal" and may not be "legal." If they are denying treatment because it has been denied by utilization review, then you may need to challenge that. If they are denying your case because now, they do not think it is work related, you may have to litigate that issue. Usually an insurance company only has 90 days to deny your claim after the receipt of a claim form; however, if there is evidence that could not have been discovered during those 90 days, or a false history was given, then they could deny it late. Something like that you would also need to litigate.

If they are simply not authorizing treatment because they are lazy or because they do not want to authorize treatment, that is something they can not do.

In your case, considering you are post a back surgery with bad results, i would highly recommend that you at least seek out a consultation with an attorney at this time. The consultation will be free and you can decide if you will need an attorney. You can find an attorney on this website, or go to and do an attorney search.

Good Luck!!!

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The denial of treatment bothers me. Contact a local workers comp attorney or use the Find A Lawyer feature here. By all means , talk to someone quickly.

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I agree with Mr Silberman and recommend you look for an atty in your area

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