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New workers' compensation legislation in California

California workers who have been injured at work know how difficult it can be to get the financial support needed for a complete recovery. The workers' compensation system can be complex, but new proposed legislation may protect the rights of those who can no longer work or need medical treatment. If passed, the new law would prevent insurers from suspending needed treatment and care. 

There are reports of insurers reopening cases and denying injured workers medical care. If the new legislation is passed, insurance companies would be prevented from changing treatment plans unless new medical evidence exists or it is medically necessary to change treatment. Care cannot be discontinued until a comprehensive review of the situation is complete. 

As it stands now, workers may lose the treatment needed for a full recovery, even if they are unable to return to work. This new legislation would protect the rights and interests of workers. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is opposed by businesses and insurance companies. This bill has not passed yet, and it may still be necessary for an injured worker to seek legal assistance in order to secure the full amount of deserved benefits and support. 

After a work accident, a lawyer familiar with the workers' compensation system can be the ally needed to successfully secure deserved benefits. Every injured California worker deserves a complete physical recovery and should not suffer their financial burdens alone. To understand legal options and potential benefits, a worker can seek an evaluation as soon as possible after a work accident. 

Source: kplu.org, "Workers' Comp: CA Bill Would Stop Insurers From Suspending Care", Patrick T. Fallon, May 1, 2015

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