In California Workers’ Compensation Law, there are many times that Injured Workers are asked to describe the nature and extent of their Pain. Injured Worker’s Pain Reporting is a vital part of the workers’ compensation system. This article will discuss the terminology used within workers’ compensation to describe the nature and extent of pain. Pain Reporting is essential to the Workers’ Compensation System. Pain Reporting can impact everything from the acceptance of the claim as being industrial, to the provision of benefits, and to the provision of medical care.
Pain Reporting can be subjective. People have different tolerance to pain. Pain can be different in nature. Pain can be dull. Pain can be sharp. Pain can be momentary. Pain can be unrelenting. Further, many times it is hard for an observer to understand an individual’s pain. Due to the subjectiveness and the difficulty in verification, Pain Reporting has an element of doubt as to its nature and extent with respect to Insurance Companies. All parties involved within the workers’ compensation, doctors, attorneys, and judges, will be assessing whether the Injured Worker’s Pain Reporting is valid for the purposes of handling the claim.
Injured Worker’s Pain Reporting validity impacts the very foundation of many workers’ compensation claims. Pain Reporting, for which Judges and Medical Evaluators view as credible, can lead to the provision of workers’ compensation benefits. This can include such items as the finding of injury being industrial to findings concerning the nature and extent of the injury. Pain Reporting, for which Judges and Medical Evaluators view as non-credible, can negatively impact one’s workers’ compensation claim. This can include finding that there was no valid claim to the diminishment of benefits. Continue reading