Opioid Prescription: Affects Of Workers’ Compensation

opioids In today’s world, opioid addiction is a national crisis. According to statistics, 5 million Americans deal with an opioid addiction, and 120 people die each day from opioid overdoses. As prescriptions skyrocketed over the late 1990s and early 2000s, more people became dependent upon these drugs. In fact, it is estimated 26 percent of patients prescribed opioids are now addicted to them. For those who have been injured on the job and later received prescriptions for opioids, the results are often devastating. Because of this, it’s crucial for employees who file workers’ compensation claims related to these matters retain the services of a Los Angeles County workers compensation attorney, such as Steven M. Sobo.

Opioids and Disability Claims

According to research, opioid prescriptions have a direct correlation to longer disability and higher claims costs when it comes to workers’ compensation. As a result, California has created Official Disability Guidelines, enabling it to use various methods to control the number of opioid prescriptions being given to injured workers. Because of this, always consult an experienced workers compensation attorney Los Angeles workers trust, such as Steven M. Sobo.

Y Drugs and N Drugs

When a workers’ compensation prescription is submitted in California, it automatically is classified as a Y or N drug. A Y drug, meaning a non-opioid treatment such as Motrin, does not require an approval process when prescribed, and is considered an acceptable first line of treatment. However, an N drug, such as OxyContin, must undergo a Pharmacy Utilization Review, and have a preauthorization prior to being dispensed.

Since a review is required any time an opioid is prescribed for a workers’ compensation claim, it is best to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side who can assist you. Therefore, contact the Law Offices of Steven M Sobo to ensure your employment and workers’ compensation rights are protected.

Do not be ignored, avoid lengthy or unanswered telephone calls, facsimiles, and/or electronic mail. Some attorney's offices fail to return calls or act upon any reasonable requests. Avoid being ignored by your attorney. Upon contacting The Law Offices of STEVEN M. SOBO, you will receive immediate, competent assistance and a thorough explanation of your inquiry. Feel free, at any time, to schedule a telephone or office appointment; it will be immediately scheduled upon request.