Friday, November 13, 2009
DON'T PAY FOR THAT DOCTOR VISIT!!
If your doctor or pharmacy is billing you because of your work injury they are violating the law. According to Labor Code Section 3751(b), if an employee has filed a claim form pursuant to section 5401, a provider of medical services shall not, with actual knowledge that a claim is pending, collect money directly from the employee for services to cure or relieve the effects of the injury for which the claim form was filed. The only exception to this is if the medical provider has received written notice that liability for the claim has been denied by the insurance company. What are the penalties for the medical provider violating this section? Three times the amount unlawfully collected plus reasonable attorneys fees and costs.