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Oppose "Evidence-Based Medicine" for Injured Workers

Donald C. Ligorio - HKQ Personal Injury LawyerBy Donald C. Ligorio, Esq.

Injured workers in Pennsylvania face many challenges, including reduced wages, loss of benefits, pain, suffering and inconvenience. A proposed requirement that all treatment for work-related injuries comply with government-imposed standards adds insult to injury. A bill pending in the state Legislature, House Bill 1800, is the latest “reform” being pushed by corporate and insurance special interests. It seeks to create a bureaucratic panel to establish treatment guidelines based on so-called “evidence-based medicine” standards. Although this may sound innocuous, it would take treatment decisions away from treating physicians and put those decisions into the hands of a government-appointed bureaucratic panel. Injured workers would likely have little or no input into the makeup of the panel, which would have little or no accountability to the injured worker or health-care provider.

Under current law, employers can already limit treatment for 90 days by establishing a panel of required providers, and suspend payment for treatment by requesting a Utilization Review. H.B. 1800 would create more limitations, requiring the health-care provider to comply with guidelines, which will undoubtedly further limit the type and duration of treatment. Rather than being allowed to provide a course of treatment that best suits the injured worker, health-care providers will be bound by a one-size-fits-all laundry list created by bureaucrats.
The proposed legislation is also a solution in search of a problem. As is typically the case, insurance and business interests maintain that the legislation is necessary to reduce costs. In reality, workers’ compensation insurance premiums have decreased in each of the last four years. The true purpose of this legislation is to increase insurance profits at the expense of injured workers. Creating a government panel to further limit an injured worker’s treatment options is fundamentally unfair and contrary to the longstanding tradition of allowing health-care providers to formulate a treatment plan that best addresses their patient’s needs.

Please contact your state Representative today and ask him or her to oppose House Bill 1800. You can look up your legislator at www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator.

About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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