The claimant in Oscar Vega v. Xpo Logistics Freight Inc and Constitution State Services had an accident in the workplace that was authorized and compensated by the E/C. The claimant attempted to attend a follow-up appointment, but was barred due to the medical facility only accepting walk-ins. The claimant filed a new Petition for Benefits, and the E/C responded that they had faxed letters of authorization to the aforementioned medical facility. The doctor of the claimant was not aware of these letters, and the fax did not result in treatment for the claimant.
Following Florida Statute 440.13(2)(a), the E/C was required to follow through with providing the claimant with medical care. The letters of authorization did not fulfill this statute, as they failed to provide the claimant with treatment.
Authorization of medical care GRANTED
Source: The 440 Authority