When you’re injured on the job, you want to be sure all your expenses are covered by workers’ compensation, and you receive all your benefits. If you miss work due to your injury, you’ll rely on the compensation for lost wages to pay your bills until you’re back on your feet. Here are some tips to help you manage your medical care and ensure accurate compensation.
As medical providers seek to determine the cause and extent of your injury, you may have numerous doctor appointments scheduled. You may see specialists and therapists, in addition to your primary physician. It is easy to become confused with this much information to remember.
Keep a close eye on your schedule. Write down all the appointments you have scheduled so that you don’t forget them. You don’t want to miss an appointment and make it appear as if you aren’t cooperating. You should also keep a journal to record what happens during each doctor’s appointment. Record any medical tests you were given and the results. Write down everything that was discussed during your appointment. You can also write down any questions you want to ask during your next appointment.
Bring any tests, x-rays or, other documents you have regarding your care with you when you visit a new doctor. A doctor is better able to diagnose and treat your injury when he or she has as much information as possible. Don’t assume a doctor received copies of your medical records and information from other doctors. Have this information with you to ensure that the new doctor has what he or she needs to develop a treatment plan that gives you the best chance of recovery.
Keep copies of all medical documentation, including prescriptions, work restrictions, or recommendations in a safe place. Keep the paperwork in a file or give it to your attorney, if you hire a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney to represent you.
Ask for copies of all medical records as you receive treatment. Records may include CDs and even emails. Keep everything organized in a single place where it can easily be accessed. Date each document when you receive it. By doing so, you create a chronological story of your injury and the treatment process.
If you return to work with restrictions, keep track of this information, including copies of the doctor’s note allowing you to return to work and the restrictions the doctor is placing on your job duties. You must attempt to perform your job to retain your benefits. Otherwise, you could be terminated because of job abandonment. If you attempt the job and are physically unable to perform it, you should alert your doctor and your Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney immediately.
Hire a Boca Raton Workers’ Comp Attorney
Many people make the mistake of not hiring a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney early in the process. If you hire an attorney in the early stages of your claim, the attorney can monitor the progress and help you receive the best medical care possible. In addition, your attorney will have access to medical records and can provide solid legal counsel about your legal options.
It’s important to hire an attorney experienced in working with workers’ compensation cases. With an attorney on your side, you can focus on your recovery so you can return to work as soon as possible.
The Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorneys of the Broderick Law Firm, P.L. offer free legal consultations and free case evaluations for injured workers. Contact our office today by calling 1-800-333-3903.