They are supposed to ease the pain and suffering of those recovering from an on-the-job injury. Increasingly, doctors are turning to opiod pain medications to help treat those who are hurt at work.
But even though a new National Safety Council report shows a quarter of all workers’ compensation prescription drug claim costs were for opiod pain medications, that same research reveals those who take these powerful medications don’t have better treatment outcomes. In fact, they are more susceptible to addiction, overdose and even death.
So where can workers and/or their families turn when these medications lead to serious adverse affects? The answer can be legally complex, depending on who prescribed the drugs and why. A number of recent court decisions have held that under some situations where injured workers have suffered overdoses as a result of pain medications they were receiving for work injuries, the workers’ compensation insurer may be liable to cover medical expenses. lost wages and if applicable, death benefits. Continue reading ›