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California Pain Treatment Act Helps Injured Workers Fight Chronic Pain


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1/14/2014
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It’s hard to believe that your request for chronic pain treatment after a California work injury could be denied. But what you may not know is that many such denials are illegal, and your right to pain treatment is protected under California law.

How to Benefit From the California Intractable Pain Treatment Act

  • Prescription regulations – Physicians cannot be cited for disciplinary action for prescribing, dispensing, or administering controlled substances or narcotics for pain relief.
  • Evaluations – Doctors are required to perform a full medical history and evaluation, including physical and psychological function tests, prior pain treatment history, underlying diseases, past health conditions and substance abuse.
  • Outline goals – Physicians should work with patients to develop a treatment plan, including objectives, concrete goals and milestones in pain management, future testing and measurements of increased function.
  • Review and revise – Doctors must continually review the treatment plan to ensure that the patient is coping well with both pain management and quality of life. If the patient is unsatisfied with the results, the physician should assess the current treatment plan carefully and make adjustments as needed.
  • Documentation – Both doctors and patients should receive copies of treatment documentation, including the treatment plan, reasons for changes in treatment or medications, agreements or disagreements between the doctor and patient, and copies of each periodic review.

 

When it comes to dealing with chronic pain, your doctors must concentrate on managing your pain levels so that you can regain control of your daily life. Unfortunately, this may take months or even years to accomplish, and your employer may refuse to pay for ongoing costs of pain treatment.

If you experiencing chronic pain after a California work injury, call the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case.



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