What Happens If You Suffer a Dental Injury at Work?
Texas workers’ compensation law covers workers who are injured during the course of their employment. Workers’ comp applies not only to emergency medical care and ongoing medical treatment, but also to special medical needs such as prosthetics, podiatry, and dental care if the injury requires such treatment.
A dental injury may not be life-threatening, but it is painful and it is expensive to treat. If you have suffered such an injury during the course of your employment then you deserve a fair workers’ compensation recovery.
How to Get the Dental Care You Need After a Work Injury
While Texas law is clear about the benefits that you may obtain, the workers’ compensation insurance company may be reluctant to pay all of those benefits. The insurance company is seeking to maximize its profits by paying you as little as possible.
You can help prevent that by:
- Knowing your rights. You have the right to dental treatment for any injury or condition that was caused by your workplace injury. For example, if you chip two teeth in a slip and fall or if you lose a tooth in a car crash, then workers’ compensation should cover the costs of your dental treatment related to those injuries. However, if the dentist discovers cavities during your examination, then the cost of fixing the cavities would not be covered by workers’ compensation since they did not occur because of your workplace injury.
- Choosing the right dentist. In Texas, you have the right to choose your medical providers after a work-related injury. It is important to work with a dentist whom you trust, who has experience with your type of injury, and has experience handling workers’ compensation claims.
Some workers’ comp claims are easy and uncontested. However, other claims are complicated and may benefit from the skill and experienced of a workers’ compensation lawyer. You have nothing to lose—and potentially much to gain—by scheduling a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer after a dental injury at work. To do so, please reach out to us any time via this website or by phone.
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