Workers Compensation Utilization Review Denial story: Father Connor
This is yet another story of how workers compensation insurance companies and administrators are scamming you out of your Workers Compensation Medical Treatment by using their utilization review doctors to deny everything. Your state legislators have taken away your right to appeal these decisions in court and have sent you to the independent medical review system which is in practice a rubber-stamp of utilization review denials. You can read the entire story by clicking here: Father Connors story: CAAA.org
What this has meant to my life: This intolerable situation caused horrific stress and trauma, I developed severe physical symptoms. I was always “on edge,” tense, worried, depressed, unable to sleep, or concentrate on my work. I had chest pains, fatigue, nausea, and neck, shoulder, back and leg pain. In spite of the injury, and harassment, I stayed on the job until my physician told me the harassment was literally killing me. I finally was forced to leave my ministry, and was later determined to be 100% disabled. I had to retire from active priesthood. I struggle even to conduct one Mass a week at a local parish, and provide short committal services for our fallen veterans at the Riverside National Cemetery.
How Workers’ Comp was supposed to help me: Workers’ Compensation was supposed to help me:Workers’ Compensation Insurance is supposed to provide Workers Compensation Medical Treatment necessary to cure or relieve the effects of my work injury. The insurance company (SCIF) cut off my medication. My doctor demanded that SCIF approve the medicine, or provide an alternative pain management plan. SCIF ignored his request. It’s immoral for an insurance company to deny approved treatment. Is there no penalty for SCIF’s unconscionable misconduct?