Judy's experience as a Masters Prepared Nurse Practitioner provides the well-rounded knowledge base necessary to
navigate the Worker's Compensation system - supporting
both the employer and employee.
Worker's Compensation Case #1:
Issue: Frequently Missed Doctor Visits. A gentleman who was not following up for his visits to the Worker's Compensation doctor and no one had been able to reach him. A person who answered one of his alternate contact numbers said that he was in Colorado and had been in Colorado for some time. Reviewing the case file we knew that he was a frequent and heavy Marijuana smoker. According to the case file he had been counseled on many occasions to decrease his smoking, but since Colorado laws permit Marijuana, he was spending a great deal of time there. In a deposition, he admitted to be spending a lot of his time in Colorado and was going there every 3-4 months.
Worker's Compensation Case #2:
Issue: Physical Therapy Question. An employee called me wondering if it was unusual to have a 35-minute massage at each physical therapy session. She has never been injured before and had never gone to physical therapy. In our discussions I also realized that the usual hot packs, stretching exercises, cold packs and electrical stimulation was missing from her treatment. This situation turned out to be a case of attempted sexual misconduct by the therapist.