The Lowdown on Low Back Pain
(and Other Aches)


I hurt my back at work but the insurance company will not let me see a doctor. What can I do?

If you think you have suffered a work injury, you need to report the injury to your employer. If they do not care for you, you are should get a lawyer. The cost of the lawyer is paid by your workers’ compensation insurance. Your employer cannot discriminate against you for reporting an injury or seeing a lawyer.

The State Constitution of California guarantees you all the care needed to cure or relieve you from the effects of a work injury. Recent changes to the law have decreased benefits for injured workers. Retraining, for example, has been eliminated. The Governor is working with insurance companies to introduce legislation and a proposition which may eliminate many other benefits.

Governor Schwarzenegger’s new laws would take away your right to choose a doctor. His proposal would allow insurance companies to direct your care. His legislation won’t solve the high cost of workers’ compensation insurance. Insurance companies would not be required to pass on savings to employers

If you are an employee, and especially if you do dangerous work, you need to protect your rights now. You need to talk to your union representatives. You may want to write to your legislator. You should vote against any November ballot initiatives which limit benefits to injured workers. See, the applicant attorney’s web site, for more information.



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Last modified: 07/27/08