Talking to Your Doctor About Your Injuries
Often times when someone is injured at work, they are only injured on one part of their body, like a shoulder or one knee. When this happens, clients seek workers’ compensation. However, what they might not consider is that injuring only one side of the body can put strain on the uninjured side. This can lead to further injury or problems with the uninjured part of the body due to overuse.
When I talk to clients who have sustained these kinds of injuries, I often find that they have not told their doctor about their new concerns. This means that the new injuries go undocumented. Many people are unaware that workman’s comp will also account for injuries that are a direct result of the initial work injury—but very rarely will insurance companies cover injuries if they are undocumented. The best way to ensure that your insurance company will cover any additional injuries is to have all injuries documented by your doctor.
When you see your doctor, tell him or her about ALL problems that you are having; you never know what might become relevant to your case. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the injuries relevant to your work injury and the workers’ comp you are eligible for, be sure to contact an attorney. Oxner + Permar know workman’s comp cases inside and out. And with a team of 25 attorneys, we have the experience to make sure that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.
Did you know that workman’s comp will also account for injuries that are a direct result of your initial work injury? Tell your physician about all of your physical concerns so that he or she can provide you the most accurate documentation.