Workers Compensation Physician/Patient Privilege

The question is often asked, can I tell my workers’ compensation treating physician confidential information? The fact is Under workers’ compensation there is no physician/patient privilege. Your doctor can tell your employer and the insurance carrier anything she learns from you regarding your workers’ compensation case and your injury or illness. This often times is forgotten because the treating Physician can often be misinterpreted by the claims adjuster. Often times this maybe only a ploy to slow down or even deny the claim. So keep in mind, be straight forward and honest when talking to your treating Physician. If you have concerns about the legal side of things, call a Workers Comp lawyer not ask your Physician to give you legal advice. Most of the time your innocent question may often times be misconstrued.


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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.