Attorney Susan Nanes’ article, “House Bill Adds Insult to Claimants’ Injuries,” was featured in the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s March newsletter, PA Justice News. She explores how detrimental the proposed workers’ compensation “reforms” under House Bill 1800 would be to injured workers.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that these “reforms,” if enacted, would return many workers, especially those in dangerous industries, to the days of the Industrial Revolution, when limbs and lives were lost and little or no recourse existed for the injured workers or their families,” she writes.
H.B. 1800 would enforce guidelines that require doctors to follow a specific course of treatment – removing their professional judgment altogether. This bill would further strip workers of their right to control their medical care. It favors insurance companies and is concerned only with cost-containment, not individuals hurt on the job and struggling to recover.
What can you do?
Help us stop House Bill 1800
House Bill 1800 could jeopardize injured workers’ right to receive quality healthcare from their own doctor. The bill would like to impose “evidence-based medical treatment guidelines” for injuries, meaning that doctors would have to follow a specific course of treatment rather than rely on their own judgement as to what is best for injured workers.