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California Insurance: Industrial Injuries and Workers' Compensation
Worker's Disability Compensation is an employee benefit which was established for you by the California legislature. Compensation is provided for disability, death or medical care resulting from accidental injury or disease that is related to employment without regard to who may be at fault.
The Workers' Compensation law is written to favor you, the injured employee, so that you can receive your benefits quickly and easily without expense.
You are not required to prove that you are not at fault. All that you are required to do is to establish that your injury was in some way caused by your employment. When that is established you are entitled to full benefits.
- Medical Care: Employers are required to provide appropriate treatment for employment injuries. You are entitled to reasonable and proper medical/acupuncture care to cure or relieve effects of work-related injuries or diseases. You may utilize treatment by licensed acupuncturists, medical doctors, chiropactors, physical therapists, psychiatrists, etc.
- California Labor Code 4600: If you inform your employer in writing that you have a regular treating physician/acupuncturist BEFORE the occurrence of an industrial injury, you have the right to be treated by that physician/acupuncturist.
- California Labor Code 4600 3209.3: The California Workers' Compensation Law provides "freedom to choose" acupuncture to employees injured while working on the job.
What to Do if You Are Injured and Want Acupuncture Treatment
Over the last several years Workers' Compensation laws have changed dramatically, especially in regards to authorization for treatments. By law, acupuncturists are considered primary care providers are therefore authorized by the state to provide services under workers' compensation laws. If you are interested in acupuncture please call our office and we will explain how you might be able to obtain treatment.
Acupuncture is a complete system of healing that has been used in Asia for over 2,500 years. Treatment is aimed at restoring the body to a state of balanced function. Once this has been accomplished, the body is better able to heal itself.
Any injury can alter the body's normal functioning of nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. If your injury is caused by lifting, pulling, falling, slipping, bending, spasm or over-exertion, you may be a candidate for acupuncture treatment.
An acupuncturist is an expert in the field of Oriental medicine. Acupuncture may eliminate the need for you to live with pain. If you fail to receive treatment which restores your health to the extent experienced prior to your injury, you may begin to experience symptoms that are seemingly unrelated to your injury such as headaches, upset stomach, nausea or fatigue. These symptoms, however, can often be alleviated through acupuncture treatments.
Your acupuncturist will consult with you about your injury and will advise you whether or not acupuncture can help you. He/she will also be able to tell you what types of services will be necessary for treatment and correction of your problem.