Preparing for a medical evaluation
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When people are injured in a workplace accident, there is process that must be followed before that worker can receive benefits. Part of that process is an independent medical exam. The experienced workers' compensation attorneys at Lourie Law Firm can help injured workers prepare for this exam to ensure their injuries are taken seriously.
The doctor who performs the independent medical exam is chosen by the employer or their insurance carrier. He or she is likely to be well-qualified and experienced, but does not have your best interests in mind. This doctor's job is to determine whether the injuries support the workers' compensation claim.
Remember, this exam is just part of the process and is not directed at you personally. Be cooperative and answer all questions respectfully. But there are some things you can do before the exam to make sure the doctor has all the facts.
Review the details of your accident.
You will be asked to describe the accident or conditions that led to your injury or illness. Just tell the doctor what happened. In the days before your appointment, write down how the accident happened. Then practice explaining it to friends and family members. This will help ensure that you don't leave any details out.
Keep track of your symptoms.
Soon after your workplace accident, start keeping a written diary. Write a detailed list of any symptoms you experience related to the injury. For example, this can include pain, numbness or any loss of mobility. Include the date and time of each symptom and how it affected your daily activities. Show the diary to the doctor conducting the medical evaluation.
Monitor your treatment.
Also keep track of the treatment you've been receiving for your injury, including medications and therapy. The doctor will ask if the treatment is helping. Answer honestly. Be sure to disclose any problems with your treatment-for example, any side effects of the medications you are taking.
Review your medical history.
You will be asked about any medical problems you have had in the past, and any family history of certain health problems. If you had a similar injury to your workplace injury in the past, tell the doctor about it when you are asked. Explain when and how you suffered the previous injury. Describe any differences between that and your current injury. Also describe any treatment you were given for the previous injury and the result of that treatment.
The attorneys at Lourie Law Firm are dedicated to making sure you get the full amount of benefits you deserve for your work-related injury. From the initial claim filing to an independent medical evaluation to mediation and appeals, we stand by you through every step of the process.
Our firm fights for the rights of workers who were injured on the job. We have the experience and the legal knowledge to help you file a successful claim. When you have Lourie Law Firm on your side, you get best of both worlds-the resources of a big firm and the personal attention of a small firm. Contact us today for a free consultation.