What to Say to Your Workers Compensation DoctorBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 2, 2022 | In Blogs
While you may seek medical attention for an injury or illness from a physician recommended by your employer (or its insurance company), know that you have the right to choose your own doctor for treatment if you want to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Knowing what to say (and what not to say) to a workers’ compensation doctor can help ensure injured workers protect their rights to compensation.
If you don’t adhere to the physicians’ recommendations and don’t show up for all follow-up appointments, it is likely to affect your claim adversely. Many states mandate that anyone receiving workers’ compensation see the designated medical specialists.
Injured workers should refrain from exaggerating or misrepresenting their injuries when communicating with a workers’ compensation doctor and from withholding information regarding earlier medical issues.
What to do When Interacting with Your Workers’ Comp Doctor
If your workers’ compensation claim is ever contested, you might need to appear in court to demonstrate your eligibility for payments. If you, your doctor, or anybody else has to give a testimony about something you said or did when interacting with doctors, it should stand up to examination.
- Be Honest
Tell the workers’ compensation medical expert what is happening to you while you are receiving therapy. They need to know how your illness or disability prevents you from carrying out your professional responsibilities.
Keep in mind that workers’ compensation doctors frequently treat patients with workers’ compensation claims. Apart from being aware of the requirements for a legitimate claim, they keep track of your concerns and recovery improvements at each appointment. When discussing your work-related injuries with medical professionals, you must be honest about how your condition affects you.
- Give Your Medical Background
If you have experienced such injuries before, tell the doctor, even though they are likely to inquire. It is generally thought that workers’ compensation insurers frequently exploit a prior injury or illness to claim that an employee’s condition is not work-related. Because of this, some patients are hesitant to discuss past medical conditions, which is not a good practice. They need to know the impact of your current injury or illness and any pre-existing medical conditions.
- Be Accurate About the Accident Description
You can be questioned several times about your accident. Focus on the fundamentals. Leave out or state that you don’t remember any information that you don’t know or can’t remember. Don’t make assumptions about the truth, and don’t embellish what happened. Be accurate.
Due to the complexity of the workers’ compensation insurance system, there are numerous cases in which qualified employees may be unjustly denied the benefits they are entitled to. If your claim is contested or denied, a well-seasoned and trusted attorney can make all the difference between you obtaining full benefits or not.
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, worker’s compensation attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the often complication claim process with ease and the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call 800-438-7734 for your initial free consultation held in our office or from the comfort of your own home.