Left Fielder Corey Dickerson, of the Philadelphia Phillies, was just diagnosed with a broken foot. Why is that relevant to injured workers? Because it confirms that an injury is not always what it initially appears. Unlike a major league baseball player, however, an injured worker is not always given the benefit of the doubt.
On September 4, 2019, Dickerson fouled a ball off his left foot. They took x-rays that night, which were negative for a fracture. Since he was diagnosed with just a bruise (or, the fancy word, “contusion”), Dickerson then played, in pain, in the next several games. When the pain continued, additional testing was performed. Only then did a CT scan reveal a fracture of the left foot. Indeed, Dickerson may now require surgery.
Too often in PA workers’ compensation cases, we see an insurance carrier grab on to an initial negative test like a dog with a bone. Unlike a professional athlete, however, an injured worker can have great difficulty getting additional diagnostic testing. With the workers’ comp insurance carrier failing to provide pre-approval, getting an MRI, CT scan or bone scan, can be problematic.