No Workers' Comp Claim Filed/Medical Providers Accept Write-Offs?

I have a client who had a car accident while on the job who won’t let me file a workers’ compensation claim. Still the comp carrier has so far paid a portion of some of the med bills. Where there is no official comp claim, does the medical provider have to accept what the WC carrier pays as full payment? I'm concerned they'll return the WC money and demand full payment from my client.

Answer: I don't think they can come after your client. Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma, Inc. v. Aguirre, 1996 OK 133, 930 P.2d 213 holds that the District Court does not have jurisdiction over a medical bill arising from an on-the-job injury. I don't think it makes any difference whether a claim has been filed in comp court.