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Injured Employees’ Weight-Loss Surgery Covered By Workers’ Comp

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According to a November 2009 collaborative report from the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the Partnership for Prevention, the prevalence of obesity in the United States is estimated to increase from the current level of 31.30% to 42.80% in 2018. 


It stands to reason that as the obesity level continues to rise, so too will the number of individuals electing to have weight-loss surgery.  For some individuals, the decision whether to have the surgery isn't an option; it may be necessary to successfully treat a physical injury.


An interesting question for employers to consider is if the individual has an injury that is covered by Workers' Comp, would the required weight-loss surgery be covered by Workers' Comp, too?  According to at least two state courts, the answer is yes.


Case #1: A cook at a pizzeria was hit in the back by a freezer door.  To relieve his pain, doctors ...(register to read more)

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