Joe Miller Law MARCH 2018

Do Not Miss Your PT Appointments! DID YOU KNOW?

We have had some of our clients tell us (after the fact) that they didn’t make it to their physical therapy or other doctor’s appointment for one reason or another. It might be a sick child. It might be that the client didn’t feel well. Or perhaps the person’s ride fell through at the last minute. We’ve even heard clients say, “Well, I just didn’t feel like they were helping me, so I quit going.” You must understand that when you are in a workers’ compensation case, especially when you have an accepted claim where you are under an award, it’s a lot like being in a fishbowl. The workers’ comp insurance company has a defense team that is watching your every move. They’re just waiting, like a cat standing

over that fishbowl, for the right moment to pounce and wipe out your case.

We understand that occasionally there may be events that interfere with your ability to get to a physical therapy appointment. But habitual absence from scheduled appointments will only give the carrier the ammunition they need to stop your checks. All the insurance company has to do is file a simple paper that says you have not been complying with the medical treatment plan by not attending the PT appointments prescribed by your treating physician. And from that day forward, as long as that is true, your weekly workers’ compensation checks will stop.

If therapy is not helping, then by all means, tell your doctor, but do not decide to stop going on your own.

So, please do not let this happen to you. Make every effort to attend all of your appointments.

Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Joe’s Monthly ‘SOUL SNACKS’

Ingredients

“There are no problems, only opportunities for growth.” –Rebbetzin Dena Weinberg

• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 8 small bone-in chicken thighs • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth • 12 radishes, halved

• 4 large carrots, cut into sticks • 1 tablespoon sugar • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped • Salt and pepper

Directions

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” –Anne Frank

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium- high heat. 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6–7 minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar. 4. Return chicken to pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Finish with chives.

[Recipe inspired by Real Simple]

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