Am I responsible for a work comp medical bill?

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Am I responsible for a work comp medical bill?

Last year, I was being treated for a hernia which occured on the job. The surgeon required a stress echo heart exam. The work comp provider initially said they would not cover this test. The work comp provider called to say they would pay for the exam but not any treatment if needed. I had the stress echo exam almost a year ago with a heart treatment center arranged by the work comp provider. I passed the test, no heart treatment needed and had the hernia surgery a few weeks later. Then yesterday, I received a $570 bill from the heart treatment center. The notice said “Workers Comp Adjuster is not responding to our correspondence…Advising now the balance transferred to you due to non-compliance from them.”

Asked on November 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written the $570 bill from the heart treatment facility that you recently received stems from a worker's compensation injury. If such does, then your worker's compensation carrier is responsible for it and not you.

I suggest that you send the carrier a letter with the bill stating that it needs to be paid as soon as possible. Keep a copy of the letter for future use and need.


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