Seeking Medical Care After Being Injured On the Job

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Many people have questions after they have been injured or made ill from work they did on the job. Medical questions can often be the most complex and can confuse people when they are attempting to seek treatment. Is there a specific doctor you need to see? Do you have to receive treatment if you are unsure of the extent of the damage? It is not only imperative that you seek medical treatment for any injuries or potential injuries, but also to help maximize your workers’ compensation benefits. To help clear a few of these questions up, read below for more information on medical care after being injured at your job.

When Is the Best Time To Receive Treatment?

In some cases, you might not be sure if you were injured after a work-related accident. Perhaps you were at your office and slipped on a huge puddle of water. You fell on your hip and while it’s a little sore, you do not seem to be worse for wear. This can be a dangerous situation. After reporting your accident to your manager or the property owner, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if the injury does not present as severe at the onset, it could lead to infections, slow healing time, and concussions from a fall. The reason for immediate treatment is two-fold.

  1. It gives you the best opportunity to heal after an injury. Whether this is an illness you believe is related to your job or an injury you have recently sustained from an accident (or even repetitive motion), seeking treatment immediately can help determine what the cause is and how to best treat it.
  2. If you do not seek treatment soon, an employer or an insurance company could argue that your injuries weren’t serious or that they weren’t sustained on a job. It is best not to give your employer or the insurance company an excuse like this when filing your claim.

Who Should I See For My Medical Treatment?

If you are in a life-threatening situation or your injuries require immediate treatment, you should get to an emergency room as soon as possible. However, if it is not an emergency, your state will have rules that you should follow when seeking the right form of medical care. In many states, you can choose your own doctor to treat you, but in other states your employer will have the right to choose who treats you.

What Information Do You Need To Give a Doctor?

When seeing a doctor after a workplace injury, be prepared to give them all the facts. Walk them through what happened, where you believe you were injured, and what symptoms you are experiencing, and the severity of your pain.

Navigating workers’ compensation claims can be tricky, but getting the right medical care can be the first step toward healing physically and making a claim stick. If you have any further questions regarding medical care after a workplace injury or would like to work through your claim call a caring and hardworking workers compensation lawyer Abingdon, VA relies on today.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their insight into workers compensation and medical care.