May 6, 2016 by Courtesy of AVMA PLIT
Employee A sustained a knee injury after slipping and falling on ice in the practice parking lot. Medical treatment began conservatively to resolve the knee pain, and Employee A later required arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscus tear. Post-surgery, medical treatment included physical therapy. During a session, Employee A sustained hip and back injuries while moving from a treatment table. Subsequent treatment included facet blocks and joint injections. A pain management physician also performed radiofrequency ablation procedures. Employee A was permanently impaired with long-term work restrictions. The insurance carrier paid more than $350,000 in indemnity, medical expenses, and legal fees. Slips, trips, and falls are the most severe workers’ compensation claims on average in the PLIT program. Click here to read more case studies and how you can protect your practice in the PLIT practice insurance newsletter.