Under Iowa workers’ compensation law the insurance company and employer cannot interfere with the medical judgment of their own treating physician. Schwers v. Nordstrom Distribution Center is a December 17, 2018 Alternate Medical Care Decision from the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner that deals with this rule.
The Claimant injured her back on August 10, 2017. Nordstrom Distribution Center is self-insured for work comp injuries. Nordstrom accepted the injury and provided medical care. Dr. Michael Chapman performed a low back fusion surgery on the Claimant.
Unfortunately, the Claimant continued to have low back pain. Dr. Chapman referred the Claimant to pain doctor #1 who performed a number of tests and a diagnostic medial branch block, and gave the opinion that a medial branch problem and facet disease could be ruled out as a cause of the Claimant’s back pain.