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Who Pays For Workers Comp Medical Bills?

Who Pays For Workers Comp Medical Bills? Injuries happen, and when they happen on the job, it can be stressful to figure out who is responsible for workers comp medical bills


The answer isn’t always straightforward, but thankfully there are some easy ways to figure out who’s footing the bill. Let’s dive in and get to the bottom of this!

The first step in understanding who pays for workers comp medical bills is to understand how the system works.  In general, when an employee is injured at work or becomes ill as a result of their job duties, their employer is legally required to pay for any medical bills related to that injury or illness. This includes not just hospital visits and medications, but also physical therapy and other treatments prescribed by a doctor. However, depending on the state where you live and work, there may be exceptions. Some states allow employers to purchase private insurance plans that cover occupational accidents instead of using the public workers compensation system.  If you have coverage through a private insurance plan then your employer will likely be paying for your medical costs directly through that plan instead of through state-run workers compensation benefits.

What If I Get Injured at Work?

If you get hurt at your workplace, don’t brush off a workplace injury, even if it’s minor! 


Neglecting your medical needs can cost you greatly down the road. Acknowledge and document any injuries immediately to ensure both your health – and legal rights – are in good hands. 


If an employer is reluctant, you have the right to select a doctor of choice for diagnosis without expense on your part – what could be better? 


Get ahead of potential unpleasantries before they become serious so that everything stays safe, healthy & legally sound!


Don’t wait for your work-related injury or condition to get even worse – take action now and document the evidence! Protecting yourself is always a priority, so don’t delay in seeking an evaluation.

What if I Can't Work After My Injury?

Sometimes injuries can prevent an employee from returning to work for an extended period of time or even permanently. In these cases, employers may provide additional financial assistance beyond just covering medical costs. 


Depending on your state’s laws, you may qualify for wage replacement benefits—also known as temporary disability or lost wage benefits—which will provide you with a portion of your normal salary while you recover from your injury or illness and are unable to work.


In addition, some states also offer permanent disability benefits which provide long-term financial assistance if you are unable to return to work due to your injury or illness. 


Your employer should be able to provide more information about which benefits are available in your particular state so that you can make sure you are taking full advantage of them if needed.

Can My Employer Pay For My Medical Bills Even Though I Have Workers Comp?

The following applies to situations where workers comp insurance is part of the scenario. 


Should you file a workers’ compensation claim even if your employer offers to pay your medical bills? 


The answer is “definitely YES!” The rise of workplace injuries has sparked a concerning trend: employers attempting to talk employees out of filing for their entitled workers’ compensation insurance. 


Employers are always on the lookout for innovative ways to minimize their losses and control costs, so it’s no surprise many have turned to wondering if paying medical bills directly can help save money. But before attempting such a creative strategy with workers’ compensation expenses, employers should consult the Department of Labor and Industry.


But don’t be fooled – you deserve the coverage, no matter what any employer may say! 


When it comes to medical bills for injured employees, even the tiniest expenses should be covered by insurance – not employers! The employers should pay the insurance coverage and not the medical bills.

When Should My Employer Report My Work Injury?

According to Section 440.185, Florida Statutes, Your employer needs to report your workplace injury as soon as they know about it – and no later than 7 days after.   

The insurance company then has three days to send you an informational brochure outlining what’s going on from every angle, including all the details of workers’ comp laws that apply in this case. Knowing everything is key for getting back on track faster!

If your employer isn’t doing their part to report an injury, you don’t have to take it lying down. Let the insurance company know what happened by taking matters into your own hands – but if that’s too much of a hassle, get in touch with EAO and let them lend a helping hand at (800) 342-1741 or email them at:  wceao@myfloridacfo.com

Private health insurance may seem like a lifesaver, but if you’ve been injured on the job it could be hazardous to your wallet. Claims for work-related injuries won’t just stop payment – they’ll hit reverse! The insurer will demand that any amount previously taken care of is paid back. In those cases, filing workers’ compensation might end up saving you from an awkward financial situation and hefty co-payments down the line.

Figuring out who pays for workers comp medical bills doesn’t have to be complicated! Generally speaking it’s usually the employer’s responsibility (or their insurance provider) but this can vary from state-to-state so it’s important to check with your local laws regarding worker’s compensation before making any assumptions about who should pay for your treatment costs after an accident at work. 

Knowing what options are available can help ensure that you receive all necessary care without having to worry about large out-of-pocket expenses down the line! So keep those purses tight and your workforce healthy.