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(Arizona). Supportive Care Settlement
#1
Hello, after 10 months of being on workers comp. for a broken and dislocated hip, the dr. released me to work with no restrictions. He also mumbled to me that he was going to say this last appointment was my MMI. Here are some things my adjuster talked to me about;

1 Since it was a hip injury, the doctor will probably give me an impairment rating, but since he also released me to work with no restrictions, I won't get any kind of disability payment.

2 She offered to settle my 'supportive care', which she explained was actually ny future medical visits I may have.


I guess my question is, what is actually considered supportive care? Is it just an office visit? I have seen a lawyer but at this time I haven't decided whether I need one. This is a new development and is just happening today. Can you offer me any advice? I am sure I will be advised to hire a lawyer?
 
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#2
supportive medical services are those that maintain your Maximum Medical Improvement level. it could involve periodic lab and diagnostic work; maybe some meds from time to time in addition to office visits.
as opposed to treatment that is necessary for recovery and to improve your well being.

You are not required to "settle" or "buy out" coverage of your future care; the carrier is obligated to furnish such care as long as its needed.

while there is no monetary disability award payments if the injured worker has returned to work earning the same or in excess of the established average monthly wage; the fact that you have been released to work by the doctor with no restrictions does not mean you might not have some wage loss when you have re-entered the labor market-especially since you were terminated by the employer.

read the handbook information on Permanent Compensation:
https://www.azica.gov/sites/default/file...k_2016.pdf

you can obtain additional information from the Ombudsman:

Ombudsman's Office
Phoenix: 800 W Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4538

if you do decide to obtain legal representation, select a board certified work comp specialist:
http://www.azbar.org/findalawyer/
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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(04-11-2018, 08:01 PM)1171 Wrote: supportive medical services are those that maintain your Maximum Medical Improvement level. it could involve periodic lab and diagnostic work; maybe some meds from time to time in addition to office visits.
as opposed to treatment that is necessary for recovery and to improve your well being.

You are not required to "settle" or "buy out" coverage of your future care; the carrier is obligated to furnish such care as long as its needed.

while there is no monetary disability award payments if the injured worker has returned to work earning the same or in excess of the established average monthly wage; the fact that you have been released to work by the doctor with no restrictions does not mean you might not have some wage loss when you have re-entered the labor market-especially since you were terminated by the employer.

read the handbook information on Permanent Compensation:
https://www.azica.gov/sites/default/file...k_2016.pdf

you can obtain additional information from the Ombudsman:

Ombudsman's Office
Phoenix: 800 W Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4538

if you do decide to obtain legal representation, select a board certified work comp specialist:
http://www.azbar.org/findalawyer/


Hmm...thank you for your answers. One question, will I need a lawyer to figure out any lost wages, or will my adjuster go over that with me?
 
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#4
the adjuster will go over the calculations.
the Industrial Commission will review any request for settlement or award from the parties to make sure the information supports the computations.
the commission requires substantial information before approving a settlement
https://www.azica.gov/sites/default/file...222017.pdf
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#5
(04-11-2018, 09:17 PM)1171 Wrote: the adjuster will go over the calculations.
the Industrial Commission will review any request for settlement or award from the parties to make sure the information supports the computations.
the commission requires substantial information before approving a settlement
https://www.azica.gov/sites/default/file...222017.pdf

Wow. Well thank you for all your helpful information.
 
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#6
Glad I could help.
Be well.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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