In the Miami workers compensation case Pedro Rodriguez v. American Airlines, two previous accidents were determined compensable with authorized medical care. The JCC reviewed evidence and found that the E/C de-authorized the claimant’s treating physician without reason and without transferring them to the care of someone else.
The E/C additionally argued against the second accident being the major contributing cause for the claimant’s issues, which are currently ongoing. The JCC took the testimony of the claimant’s treating physician over that of the E/C’s independent medical examiner (IME), since the IME never examined the claimant. Consequently, the claimant was granted a return appointment with the de-authorized physician.
Re-authorization of medical care GRANTED
Attorney fees GRANTED