Stigma with WC?
Unfortunately, many employees find out that they are treated differently after they have a work-related injury. Some say people think they faked an injury to get benefits, or that they are trying to get out of work. They may be subjected to surveillance ordered by an insurance company.
This can add undue stress and anxiety. You were injured. You deserve the benefits you are entitled to under law and the opportunity recover from your injuries and return to work, or resolve your case through settlement.
Often, from an insurance company/employer viewpoint, benefits are provided with a priority on cost savings rather than insuring all medical needs are met and a reasonable recovery time from medical procedures is allowed. Unless catastrophic, employees with multiple injuries may see that while they need treatment for many areas of their body, treatment may be provided on a piecemeal basis, “the worst first.” This may cause a worsening of their condition that would not have occurred if handled properly from the start.
Employees may also be subject to a insurance company "protocol" that controls their medical treatment. For example, a certain number of weeks of physical therapy may be required before a MRI is authorized. Weeks may go by before perfectly reasonable medical orders are approved. Delays continue while the employee suffers and wonders, why?
But while delays in approval of medical orders are common, an employee may find the exact opposite after treatment has been provided. Even after significant surgery, the employee's physician may be pressured by the insurance company to release them back to work quickly.
Not all employers treat WC like a necessary evil, but from what I have seen in the time I have had the honor to represent injured employees, I now understand why injured workers’ need lawyers. After the injury, everything that seems simple becomes difficult.