Injured Workers Win Class Action Lawsuit for Interference of Medical Treatment

According to The Denver Post (November 14, 2012), a 2009 class action lawsuit brought by 13,521 injured workers against Wal-Mart and its service providers settled for $8 million after a three-year fight. Colorado state law prohibits outside interference in determining medical care. The suit alleged that the defendants, including Concentra Health Services, went too far in controlling the medical treatment that injured workers are entitled to under Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Concentra operated medical facilities where the Wal-Mart employees received treatment.

Concentra must pay $4 million for its part in making it difficult for medical providers to make independent assessments on how to best treat workers injured on the job. The injured workers treated at a Concentra facility will each receive $520. Among other injunctive relief, Concentra agreed to provide more training for its sales and marketing force as to state laws that regulate and prohibit interference in how care is provided.