Need Help With Your Workers Compensation Case?

Tips For Working With Your Workers’ Compensation Doctor

New Jersey gives employers the right to choose the doctor who handles most of their treatment and care after an accident rather than employees. 

Many employees believe that an apparent conflict of interest exists, and for the most part, they’re right. Doctors know where their bread is buttered and certainly, look for any excuse to help employers deny workers compensation claims.

None of this means you are helpless. There are steps you can take to help your case and to obtain better care from day one.

Report Every Ache and Pain

Bring a list to the doctor in writing, and make sure that everything makes it into the medical record. Don’t ignore anything. Even small pains can be an indicator of bigger problems later. 

You only get one chance to make this initial report. 

Remember, the doctor treating you is treating you like a legal case, not like a patient. You need to treat the visit like you’re building up a legal case, too. Don’t forget to obtain and keep copies of all your medical records.

Realize they’ll order tests to check for pre-existing conditions. Don’t panic. While a pre-existing condition can complicate your claim, it is not in itself a reason to deny it.

Attend Every Appointment

When you miss an appointment, you give the insurance company ammunition against you. They’ll claim you’re not doing everything you’re supposed to to contribute to your recovery and mitigate your losses.

You will also receive some treatment even if the doctor doesn’t have your best interests at heart. It’s paid for, so you might as well take advantage of it and try to get better. 

Obtain Light Duty Specifics

Many employers don’t honor light duty instructions or take advantage of every loophole they find. Make sure the instructions are specific, seek clarification on anything you don’t understand, and seek exceptions where possible. For example, if you live at the top of a flight of stairs, you’ll need to get the walk to and from your door exempted.

Failure to follow the doctor’s instructions can result in benefits termination, so don’t take any chances.

Know That Denied Claims Aren’t the End 

If your employer or their insurance company denies your claim, you can go to your own doctor. You need only inform your employer and the insurance company in writing that you dispute their denial and that you’re off to get your own assessment. 

You can also contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. We’ll be happy to review your case and determine whether it makes sense to move forward with a claim. Contact us to get started today. 

See also:

When to See Your Own Doctor in a Workers’ Compensation Case 

What to Do if Workers’ Compensation Denies a Medical Procedure

What Medical Treatments Are Covered Under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation?

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