Bradt Law Offices Case Report: Shoulder Surgery Approved

Type of Case:   Workers’ Compensation

Legal Issue or Dispute:   Denial of shoulder surgery

Facts:   Our client worked for a major, nationwide retailer at a store in northern Minnesota. She fell and was injured while at work. Her orthopedic surgeon recommended shoulder surgery but the workers’ compensation insurance company refused to authorize it, claiming her shoulder problems were not caused by the work injury.

Result:   We obtained medical reports from our client’s treating doctors and took the case to a trial before a workers’ compensation judge in Duluth. The judge ruled in our client’s favor, ordering the insurance company to pay for the surgery and all related medical expenses. We have also filed a request asking the Judge to order the insurance company to pay our fees.