Working With A Doctor

Working With A Doctor

Injured Workers in Virginia Deserve Access to Necessary Opioid Medications

2019-07-26T19:51:28+00:00

For individuals who get hurt on the job, dealing with the pain is often one of the most challenging aspects of the recovery process. Opioid medications can provide much-needed relief; but, due to the nationwide opioid epidemic – which has hit portions of Virginia particularly hard – many injured workers are finding it difficult [...]

Injured Workers in Virginia Deserve Access to Necessary Opioid Medications2019-07-26T19:51:28+00:00

Why Do I Have to Go to an Independent Medical Exam?

2018-11-29T17:34:18+00:00

Many of our clients want to know why they have to go to an Independent Medical Exam, otherwise known as an IME.   The short answer is because the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act requires you to do so.  If you do not attend the IME, the Workers’ Compensation Carrier can refuse to pay for any [...]

Why Do I Have to Go to an Independent Medical Exam?2018-11-29T17:34:18+00:00

I Don’t Like My Workers’ Compensation Doctor. Can I See Someone Else?

2018-10-25T15:24:58+00:00

I often hear questions from injured workers dealing with the Virginia Workers Compensation system ask questions like “I don't like my workers' compensation doctor. Can I see someone else under my regular health insurance instead?" Let me warn you folks, this is a slippery slope! I know, all too well, the stress and inconvenience [...]

I Don’t Like My Workers’ Compensation Doctor. Can I See Someone Else?2018-10-25T15:24:58+00:00

What Is a Functional Capacity Exam?

2018-10-11T18:26:22+00:00

A Functional Capacity Exam (or “FCE”) is an exam that is used to determine an injured workers’ physical abilities and permanent work restrictions.  The FCE is typically administered by a physical therapist and will consist of several smaller tests (example: they may ask you to bend over and touch your toes, climb a ladder, [...]

What Is a Functional Capacity Exam?2018-10-11T18:26:22+00:00

When Can I Get a Second Opinion?

2018-02-12T13:21:26+00:00

Often, a medical opinion will be needed from a doctor other than the injured worker’s treating physician.  There any many reasons why this would be.  However, not all second opinions are required to be covered by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. A second opinion can be needed because your treating physician wants the second [...]

When Can I Get a Second Opinion?2018-02-12T13:21:26+00:00

What Are ISO Reports

2018-01-29T04:52:04+00:00

  We get asked all the time how the workers’ compensation insurance carrier knows about car accidents that injured workers have had in the past that they may not even remember themselves.  Insurance Services Office provides information for health insurance companies called ISO Reports. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) keeps a database of all property [...]

What Are ISO Reports2018-01-29T04:52:04+00:00

Often, a Work Injury Leads to High Blood Pressure

2017-04-07T17:02:58+00:00

Many folks who experience a work injury on the job are in pain.  Sadly, this can often be for long periods of time.  As you may know, the workers' compensation system is a slow process. Often, a person who is in constant pain can also suffer from high blood pressure and this can complicate the [...]

Often, a Work Injury Leads to High Blood Pressure2017-04-07T17:02:58+00:00

If I Don’t Like my Workers’ Compensation Doctor, Can I Switch?

2017-04-23T19:45:55+00:00

Injured Workers Law Firm Attorney Michele Lewane shares a couple of tricks on how you can change your Workers' Compensation Doctor. Video Transcript A lot of injured workers call my office because they do not like the doctor or the medical treatment that the insurance company has provided and [...]

If I Don’t Like my Workers’ Compensation Doctor, Can I Switch?2017-04-23T19:45:55+00:00

The Workers’ Compensation Independent Medical Evaluation

2016-10-30T13:42:36+00:00

If you have been dealing with the Workers’ Compensation process for a period of time now you probably have come across the term Independent Medical Evaluation or IME. An IME is when the insurance carrier requests that the injured worker be evaluated by a doctor other than their treating physician. Insurance companies use the Independent Medical [...]

The Workers’ Compensation Independent Medical Evaluation2016-10-30T13:42:36+00:00

The Doctor’s Statement of Causation

2016-10-30T13:42:39+00:00

In Virginia workers compensation cases, the injured worker bears the burden of proof; meaning that you must prove to the insurance company and/or the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission that your injuries are a result of your work place accident. It is up to the injured worker to show that timely notice of the injury was [...]

The Doctor’s Statement of Causation2016-10-30T13:42:39+00:00