The resolution of Gianzero v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. make take several years as the litigation is complex and the discovery necessary by both sides of the class action lawsuit will be extensive. In the meantime, smart employers and insurers should be reviewing their claim handling practices to make sure the denial of non-compensable claims and the denial of inappropriate or unnecessary medical treatment are based on documented facts, not just a desire to protect the employer from medical cost they do not owe.
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing.
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