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Workplace Injuries and Painkiller Addiction in Texas
We hear about the large amounts of money that employers pay each year to workers hurt in horrific accidents on the job, but it's now coming to light that the routine injuries cost a pretty penny, as well. In a recent article by The New York Times, it is mentioned that workplace insurers spend an estimated $1.4 billion annual on narcotic painkillers. The piece goes on to say that "they are also finding that the medications, if used too early in treatment, too frequently or for too long, can drive up associated disability payouts and medical expenses by delaying an employee's return to work."
Texas is one of the states trying to reverse this trend by instituting pain treatment guidelines. The Texas Medical Board does not take disciplinary action against physicians who do not strictly follow the guidelines; they evaluate each case individually and look to see if the doctor's rationale for treatment indicates a sound clinical judgment documented in the medical records. Some of the recommended guidelines as stated in the Texas Administrative Code include:
If you were hurt in an on-the-job injury in Texas, contact Austin Attorney Earl Straight at 512-454-1331.