Moms may refuse workers’ comp treatment

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The American Red Cross tried to terminate or modify Colleen Curran's workers' compensation benefits when she refused to undergo medical treatment it considered reasonable.

But a workers' comp judge found the employer's position so repugnant that he ordered it to pay up and also pay part of her attorney fees. An appeals board and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the ruling in favor of Curran, but not the attorney fees.

Curran's reason for refusing steroid injections, other prescriptions and surgery: She was breast-feeding at the time and feared they might harm her child.

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