Who will decide the legal consequences of your workers’ compensation claim?

I cannot overstress the importance of the role of your workers’ compensation treating physician in your case.  Besides the fact he will be one who will be taking care of your physical needs, his opinions will decide the legal consequences of your workers’ compensation claim.  Therefore, it’s very important to have a good relationship with your workers’ compensation treating physician even if this physician has been chosen by the insurance company. Since your workers’ compensation treating physician’s opinion is given great weight when an issue arises about what caused a medical problem or if a particular treatment may be reasonable and necessary, his opinion is very important. Here are some tips when dealing with your doctor. Describe the work accident specifically on the first visit to the doctor. One of the worst mistakes that an injured worker can make is not to describe in detail on his or her first visit to the doctor the facts of the accident.  It is difficult to prove that you had an injury by accident if in the first doctor’s visit there are no notes in the history section as to how the injury occurred.  Therefore, it is very important to state to the doctor where you were and what occurred.  Then in his notes in the history section (which is in all medical notes) it will state “slipped and fell at work” or “lifted a box at work.”



2016-10-30T13:43:17+00:00

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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.