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You need to give notice of the injury to your employer. The employer should in turn file a claim with its workers comp carrier. If the employer will not do that, you need to contact your state's workers compensation agency, which will give you information to file claim directly with your employer's carrier. In some instances the employer may not have coverage in which case you can ask them to directly reimburse you or you can file with workers comp claim with the state, which may have a secondary fund from which it reimburses employees of employers that do not have such coverage.
Workers Comp is supposed to pay for lost wage and all the medical (no co-pays or deductible to you) plus mileage going to and from treatment(s). Workers comp pays between 60 and 80% of your wage, and that amount does not change.
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I need to know what state you are in for your wage reimbursement rate. Yes you can be reimbursed for the surgery assuming it is reasonable and necessary for the injury, which I'm assuming it is if a doctor recommended it to you over a less invasive procedure such as physical therapy or pain relief procedures.
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