Because they are in a business- it’s called medicine.
The insurance company doctors are paid to see things the insurance company’s way, and the treating doctors have incentive to treat patients.
No one can see pain. And while an MRI or EMG may show abnormalities, the doctors have wiggle room to opine that such findings are pre-existing or degenerative, and not related to a work activity. I have said it before and I’ll say it again- medicine is just as much an art as it is a science.
It is not uncommon to have a treating physician find a patient to be disabled while an insurance company doctor says the person is “fully recovered”. This is a large part of why we have so much litigation in personal injury law and workers’ compensation. The injured worker usually calls me in a scenario like this- completely baffled. They just want to feel better and get back to work, but they are also set back by the anger and emotional trauma from the absurdly different medical opinions.
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There are plenty of good doctors. However, there are some real jokers out there too- looking to make money with no regard to common sense- or medicine. And this occurs on both sides of the proverbial fence.
If you want me to review your case and whether your doctor is advocating for you, but more importantly, giving you the treatment you need, I am happy to review your medical records. Having studied medical records for 12 years in Pennsylvania Work Comp cases, and having deposed doctors approximately 500 times, I have learned how to quickly sort through the medical aspect of a case.
Call Experienced PA Workmens Comp Lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone, for a Free consult 215-206-9068 or email Michael@cardamonelaw.com