Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 3:35 pm
Attorney Joe Miller explains a situations in which your workers’ comp might be denied in a recent interview:
Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 9:29 am
Should you be concerned about what you put on social media after your injury? Joe Miller addresses workers comp and social media in a recent interview:
Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 9:16 am
Attorney Joe Miller answers questions about nurse case managers in a recent interview:
Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 8:46 am
Employees can be treated by many different types of doctors depending on how the accident occurred and they type of injuries suffered. Many workers need to see multiple doctors during the course of their recovery process. Some of the doctors who treat injured workers are:
In addition to treating with doctors, injured workers will also treat with the following types of health-care professionals
Work injury attorney Joe Miller understands which types of doctors injured workers see. He often recommends doctors when the employer recommended doctors aren’t helping. He works with the doctors to determine the full extent of your injuries and to verify your long-term health needs and work restrictions. To speak with an experienced work injury lawyer who has been fighting for employees for more than 25 years, please call attorney Miller Esq. at (888) 694-1671 or use his contact form to schedule an appointment.
Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 4:33 pm
In this recent interview, attorney Joe Miller explains why your company might hire a private investigator:
Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 10:29 am
The Medical Society of Virginia has new requirements for prescribing Buprenorphine for addiction. These are part of the new Virginia Laws passed in response to the nationwide opioid epidemic and huge uptick in deaths from opioid overdose. Buprenorphine, also prescribed under the brand name Subloxone, is often utilized as a means to treat heroin addiction. While it is a semi-synthetic opioid, and does produce some of the same euphoric effects as heroin and morphine, it is found that at low doses, administration of this drug allows the addict to discontinue heroin or morphine while reducing— and in some cases even eliminating— the severe symptoms of withdrawal that can be so debilitating for addicts.
There are eight steps that physicians should follow before prescribing Buprenorphine:
Prescriptions should be waivered by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency, and comply with the federal and state laws for prescribing buprenorphine. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants must also be waivered and have a practice agreement with a waivered physician.
Before buprenorphine can be prescribed for opioid treatment, the physician should conduct and document a patient assessment that covers the following:
The physician should query (ask for results of a patient search) from the Prescription Monitoring Program before starting any treatment and during treatment.
Prepare a treatment plan that includes the following:
During the induction phase:
Initiate treatment with no more than 8mg of buprenorphine, except when medically indicated if properly documented in the medical record.
The patient should see the doctor once a week
During the stabilization phase, the prescriber should increase the dosage of buprenorphine in safe and small increments to achieve the lowest dosage without causing intoxication, withdrawal, or significant drug craving.
During the course of treatment:
Make sure the medical record includes the following documentation:
The prescriber should refer the patient to a mental health service provider as defined by the Virginia Code Section 54-1-2400.1 for counseling or should provide counseling to the patient and document the counseling in the record.
Prescribers should NOT prescribe buprenorphine if the patient is already taking any of the following medications (unless there are extenuating circumstances and a tapering plan to achieve the lowest possible documentation is properly documented):
Limitations for prescribing buprenorphine mono-products
How to work with the following special treatment populations
Speak with an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer now
Many workers who are injured are prescribed medications to manage their pain. Attorney Joe Miller works with caring qualified physicians and with the legal community to understand the latest requirements that physicians must follow. He has helped thousands of injured workers get a just recovery. To make an appointment now, please call Joe Miller Esq. by phoning him at (888) 694-1671 or using his contact form.
Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 3:41 pm
Attorney Joe Miller explains what happens if your employer denies your claim:
Posted on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 3:36 pm
Attorney Joe Miller of Joe Miller Law explains the process that follows your final court hearing:
Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 2:22 pm
Attorney Joe Miller explains what mediation is and how it can be helpful:
Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Joe Miller recently negotiated a substantial, six-figure settlement for a construction supervisor who fell off of a roof and lost consciousness. He suffered numerous other injuries which required surgical repair and fixation.
The worker’s compensation insurance company denied the claim, utilizing the willful misconduct defense, surmising that Joe Miller’s client must have been too close to the edge of the roof while performing his work, in violation of OSHA regulations and Company safety rules.
The problem that the defendants had was that the claimant could not recall precisely what had occurred, or how he had even ended up in the area where he had fallen from the roof. In addition, the one potential witness to the incident was no longer available.
Accordingly, insurance company had a difficult problem. In order to block a claim because of a violation of a statute or safety rule, it must be proven that the claimant intentionally violated the statute or rule. Unlike personal injury cases, mere negligence of an employee in performing his duties, even if the negligence is severe, does not bar a workers comp claim. Without a witness to say that the claimant clearly knew he was violating a safety rule and statute at the time of his injury, or that he otherwise intentionally ignored safety regulations, this would be difficult.
These potential problems were brought to the attention of the defense attorney prior to hearing. Approximately two weeks prior to hearing, Joe Miller engaged in negotiations with the defense attorney, which resulted in settlement of the claim for a significant six-figure sum, and in addition an agreement for full payment of all past medical bills related to the claim.