Can an adjuster deny transportation if they previously provided it?
I was injured on the job, and was sent to a doctor by the adjuster. At the beginning I had transportation, but now my vehicle is in need of repairs and can't be driven far. So the adjuster provided transportation.
The doctor sent me back to work and the adjuster closed my case. Then she re-opened it because the doctor spoke to a specialist who stated I should stay on light duty.
The adjuster reopened the case, but now won't provide transportation as she had before. The adjuster made appointments, even though I informed her weeks before the appointments I needed transportation. Now she told my doctor that my case is closed and I have no more visits because I didn't show for those appointments.
What can I do about this? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Can an adjuster deny transportation if they previously provided it?":
Cindy (Jax, FL):
From the information you provide, it appears the claims adjuster was wrong in closing your claim. Workers' compensation payments are meant to cover a workers's medical, chiropractic, and even dental bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and about two-thirds of lost wages.
You made clear to the adjuster you did not have sufficient transportation to and from treatment. The adjuster apparently ignored your obvious need for such transportation. The costs of transportation to and from treatment, whether it be by taxi, bus, train, or other reasonable mode of transport, should be part of your compensation.
Contact the adjuster and tell her you want to speak with her supervisor. Make clear to the supervisor you previously advised her subordinate you had no means of transportation to and from treatment, and as a result you were unable to continue your required treatment.
Ask that your claim be reopened and that you be allowed to continue receiving the treatment you require. If, after making your case to the supervisor, she still won't agree to reopen your claim, then you will need to contact a workers' comp attorney.
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.
Best of luck,
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