The Ugly Truth About Company Nurses

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Your doctor can provide better treatment than the company nurse.

Employers and insurance carriers can lower their workers’ compensation costs by the thousands by taking control of an injured workers’ care from the onset of injury. This is why employers often provide nurse case managers to monitor claims. However nurse case managers can also be expensive. That is why some employers are turning to an even cheaper alternative: nursing triage services on company premises or at nearby clinics.

The reality is that these nursing services are just another way to keep costs down, by reducing the likelihood that workers will seek the care of real physicians.

Nursing triage services, or company nurses as they are often called, are presented to workers as a benefit. They are presented as knowledgeable and experienced in treating workplace injuries, and it may seem as though they are there simply to provide solid medical care. The reality is that these nursing services are just another way to keep costs down, by reducing the likelihood that workers will seek the care of real physicians.

Company nurses simply do not deliver what injured workers are entitled to under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act: the care of a real doctor.

In Nebraska, you have the right to be treated by your family physician. Your family doctor can provide better medical care than a company nurse for many reasons, not the least of which is that licensed physicians can prescribe medications while nurse practitioners cannot.

In Nebraska, you have the right to be treated by your family physician.

Many employers and insurance carriers will tell you that you can only be treated by a doctor or nurse whom they authorize. That is not the law in Nebraska. Insist that you be seen by your family physician, and if your employer attempts to deny you this right, seek the help of an attorney who can fight to get you treatment you legally deserve.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett, Moore & Rehm, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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