Yes she can go to your doctor's appointments to get between you and your doctor, limit the medical treatment you need and rush you back to work - all of this done while meeting with your doctor alone, behind your back - BUT ONLY IF YOU LET HER!
Or if you don't have a lawyer who is looking out for your best interest, doesn't have the experience you need, or doesn't understand how the D.C. workers comp system works (most lawyers won't touch these complicated cases, even if they handle similar cases under the Maryland or Virginia systems).
You see, the people we represent who get hurt on the job never have to worry about this - we don't allow it, plain and simple. We tell Travelers and their nurse not to contact you or your doctor, so you and your doctor can focus on your health and your recovery after surgery, and not be harassed by the insurance company. Remember, that insurance company doesn't owe any loyalty to you - they will take advantage of you to limit your benefits and reduce or eliminate the medical treatment you need if they can.
They are a for profit business and paying you less means they make more money.
Now what can you do about it, now that you know the truth - that nurse case managers have no business going to your appointments, meeting with your doctor behind your back or calling you all the time?
First, call and order a copy of Mr. Kearney's book on workers comp - there is a section about insurance company nurses in there. He is the only lawyer who literally wrote the book on workers comp for injured workers and will send it to you free of charge (but you must certify that you do not work for an insurance company or law firm that represents insurance companies).
Next, tell the nurse and your doctor that you do not authorize communication between them. A lot of doctors don't know that they DON'T have to meet with or speak with these busybody insurance nurses - there is no requirement, nothing in the system, no law, no regulation - nothing. But a lot of doctors are overwhelmed and don't have the time to learn everything they need to know about medical treatment in the workers comp system.
If you work with us, we do all of this for you, of course, so you can focus on getting better and not be dealing with the anxiety, stress and uncertainty.
Call us today at (202) 393 - 3320 to see if we're the right fit for you and your family.