Doc Workers Suing State over Workers Comp Reform
Two workers recovering from job-related injuries are suing the state to stop an element of workers comp reform that they say will interrupt their medical treatment.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The two workers, along with the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, are seeking an injunction over workers compensation reforms they say could place them in new Medical Provider Networks, with new doctors, starting in January. Joanne D’Amato (Dee-Ah-Mah-toh), who says she was injured on the job in 1996, says it’s taken her years to find doctors who can adequately treat her. Cut:DAmato (:11) “The faith and the trust factor when you’ve been in the system this long. You lose a lot. So when you find something that works why should you have to sacrifice any more than you already have?” Supporters of the new workers comp reforms say the changes are necessary to control costs in the system. An Assistant Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency responded, saying the state will fight the lawsuit. SOC