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  • Responding to Patient Concerns About Workers' Comp During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Some patients may be understandably concerned about losing WC benefits if they choose to reduce travel during the national health emergency.

    APTA has received several communications from patients who are seeing a PT through workers' compensation but who are having reservations about continuing treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They feel at risk, yet they don't want to lose their WC benefits.

    In the event individual providers are hearing the same concerns, here's our advice to share with those patients:

    1. Contact your case manager. There may already be guidance available during the health emergency.
    2. Contact your employer — specifically, your employer's human resources department or your union representative. Again, guidance may already be there for you.
    3. Find out if your state has initiated emergency rules that allow for telehealth for purposes of treatment through workers' compensation. If the answer is yes, contact your provider to set up a telerehab plan.
    4. If you can't find definitive answers, keep making your concerns known and exploring possible solutions with your case manager and employer.

    For more information on physical therapy and workers' compensation, including links to individual state information, visit APTA's workers' compensation webpage.

    Comments

    • I'm currently recovering from an broken knee and receiving workers comp..its been about 11 weeks an once covid19 hit they started to push hard for a settlement..I'm nervous my knee is still damaged an misdiagnosed..what are my options..is 24grand a decent settlement for somebody who's been approved to go back to sitting duty work no standing for atleast another month..I'm scared to be hasty but at a time when I could use the money as a single parent father..not sure what to do..thanks in adavance

      Posted by Matthew Fallows on 4/2/2020 11:29 PM

    • @Matthew: APTA cannot comment or provide legal advice on individual workers’ compensation cases.

      Posted by APTA staff on 4/4/2020 8:53 AM

    • Average out of court settlement for workers comp is $40,000. You do the math. I do understand your need for money now being a single father n in the midst of Covid19 but sounds like you need to take a lil more time with comp. Don't make decisions based on fear or other emotions. It's Satan's trap!

      Posted by Karen Foster on 5/15/2020 10:56 AM

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