Psychological care under workers’ compensation may be controverted because the employer/insurer believes that what is treated often has nothing to do with the injury.
Dealing with a workers’ bad marriage, disobedient children, gambling compulsion and substance abuse is, indeed, inappropriate since they are not arising naturally and unavoidably from injury.
However, it is unfortunate that negative past experiences have resulted in far too many injured workers not receiving appropriate care.
Timely and targeted psychological care results in less narcotic use, less doctor shopping, better compliance and earlier resolution.
Psychological care is an invaluable help, not a hindrance.
The reality is that patients become depressed, anxious and fearful following injury. They poorly manage pain, receive distorted information from a variety of sources and are under many misconceptions regarding their injury and their future.
They are not going to work through these in the surgeon’s office.
They are not going to resolve depression, posttraumatic stress disorder or maladaptive health habits in their attorneys office.
And clearly you do not have the time nor resources to meet all of their needs.