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Tina, Attorney
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I was injured at work and now Im a paraplegic. I was asked

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I was injured at work and now I'm a paraplegic. I was asked to be involved in a stem cell trial. Will my workers comp have any issues with me going through with the procedure?

Hello and welcome.

My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am very sorry to hear of your severe injury. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

Have you already settled with the worker's comp insurer for your permanent disability? Is there any risk that this procedure will make you more disabled?

I look forward to assisting you as soon as I have received this information. Thank you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello, I'm currently receiving benefits from workers comp but they have me listed as temporary disability. I have not settled with workers comp.


The procedure like any, is surgery and comes with risk

I see. Thank you for clarifying the situation, Lanec.

Yes, the worker's comp insurer could try to argue that the surgery was experimental and caused additional injury which they should not be held liable for, which could typically reduce the award you might receive for the permanent injury you sustained.

If there is no chance that you will not be permanently paralyzed, their argument would typically be a weak one provided there is no question that the work-related injury caused the paralysis. However, if there is some chance you are not permanently paralyzed and the surgery causes additional damage, then they could seek to reduce the amount of award you may be entitled to because of the experimental surgery.

I hope this helps clarify the situation for you. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate my service when I have answered your questions so I will be compensated for my time assisting you. Thank you!


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can workers comp cancel my benefits if I were to go have a procedure done without their knowledge even if the procedure had no adverse affects on my condition?

Hello again,

While this would not typically be a valid reason for denying benefits, most insurers are looking for reasons (valid or not) to deny benefits and may use this as an excuse to stop benefits, requiring you to retain an attorney and contest the matter in court. Since you were so severely injured, it would be a good idea to retain a worker's comp attorney to represent you in any case to ensure you receive a settlement for your permanent disability which is fair.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello Tina,


I have retained an attorney for my case but have been unable to reach him yet regarding this matter. When you mention receiving a settlement for my permanent disability, what exactly do you mean? I was under the impression from my attorney that I could not sue my workers comp. Is that not the case?


Thank you.

Hello again.

You can file a worker's comp claim, or your attorney can, to contest any decision the employer/insurer may make which you do not agree with typically. Ultimately, the case will either be decided by a judge or through negotiations if the parties can reach a settlement. The settlement for permanent disability is separate from the benefits you receive for a temporary disability.

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