The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute has released a study showing that the cost of prescription drugs prescribed for injured workers in North Carolina was 14% higher (per workers’ compensation system claim) than it was in most of the sixteen states evaluated in the study. Workers who were prescribed two particular muscle relaxants following on-the-job injuries in North Carolina were likely to receive a higher number of pills, on average, than workers prescribed the same drugs in other states. In addition, the cost of all drugs prescribed was significantly higher when doctors were not only prescribing but also distributing the drugs (as opposed to the drugs being dispensed by a pharmacy).
In addition, at its annual conference on the effects of the economy overall on Workers’ Compensation programs, the Workers Compensation Research Institute reported that the costs of claims are higher when injured workers don’t receive prompt treatment for their injuries, or in cases where the processing and payments of claims take a long time.
If you have been injured on the job in North Carolina, you should consult an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney who can help you file a claim as soon as possible. That way, you will be able to start your recovery and receive full medical treatment for the injury, while at the same time making the most efficient use of the treatment options available.
The attorneys at Lee & Smith have handled Workers’ Compensation cases throughout North Carolina. For a free consultation regarding your workers’ compensation case, please contact us by phone or email.