Some plastic surgery procedures are not solely cosmetic in nature. There are plastic surgeries necessary for patients to function normally following an accident at work. But are these procedures covered by workers’ compensation?
It’s no secret that plastic surgery may cost thousands of dollars. But if you need this because it could help you recover your normal functions after an injury at work, then you might want to consider using your worker’s compensation benefit to pay for a reparative and reconstructive procedure.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a wage and medical insurance benefit for employees who have been injured while on the job. In the U.S., almost all states provide compulsory workers’ compensation insurance, but the provisions differ per state.
To avail of this benefit for plastic surgery, a plastic surgery consultant must sign off and recommend the procedure as necessary for performing your work. If the workers’ compensation plastic surgeon does not agree that plastic surgery is needed for your job, then it might be hard to file for the benefit.
What Work-Related Injuries are Covered?
According to Dr. Zaydon, one of the best workers’ compensation plastic surgeons in the country, any injury on your hands, legs, face, or skin may be covered if you sustained this during your working hours.
If you sustained injuries in your face and arms following a work-related accident, such as a fire, then multiple plastic surgeries to correct the burns and scar tissues could be covered under this benefit. If you were working, for example, at a restaurant kitchen or if you have had chemical or electrical burns in a laboratory, then you may receive compensation for the accident. If you broke or lacerated your nose during a work-related accident or if your breast implants burst during an accident on a work-related trip, your cosmetic surgery’s cost may also be covered under the workers’ compensation.
Some patients collect workers’ compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome plastic surgery. It can cost over $10,000, per a study, to undertake this procedure but then workers need to regain full faculty of their hands if they have to get back to work.
Some insurers may deny this benefit for plastic surgery to correct a disfigurement. A scar that affects your appearance might not be covered if you don’t work as a model or if the injury is not affecting your function to work. But there could be cases when a disfigurement can leave patients emotionally depressed so that, by extension, their quality of life and performance at work could be affected.
Learn more about Dr. Zaydon – plastic surgeon workers compensation
Dr. Zaydon has many years of experience working as a plastic surgeon on workers’ compensation cases in Miami, statewide, and nationally. In addition to being Board Certified and Fellowship Trained plastic surgery consultant, he is also an Expert Medical Advisor in Florida.
Dr. Zaydon earned his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduating with special honors, he also served as Chief Resident in plastic surgery at the Louisiana State University. He is a noted author of numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of plastic surgery. Currently, Dr. Zaydon is chief of plastic surgery at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida. For more information, contact us.
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