After an accident in Florida, an insurance Carrier will get to pick your authorized doctor. We at Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. want to review with you some common mistakes to avoid when seeing your workers’ compensation doctor.
- Take your time and give a complete and detailed history of how you were injured at work to the doctor. The work injury history given to the very first doctor to see you is ordinarily the most important.
- Explain to the doctor exactly what your job duties are so that the doctor has an idea of what your day to day job responsibilities encompass so that the doctor can accurately assess what restrictions are appropriate for your specific job.
- If activity prior to the onset of pain is the cause of the injury, take the time to walk your doctor through it. Physical activity prior to the actual onset of pain, rather than the activity at the time of the onset of your pain, is often the cause of the injury.
- Be very careful when completing the new patient information form. Give a full and accurate history of the workplace injury. Be honest and truthful if the form asks about similar or pre-existing injuries.
- Fully describe every body part you injured in your accident to your doctor and include them on the new patient intake form. Do not just describe your most painful problem. Sometimes, the lesser problems can become more significant later so you need to mention them to your doctor in the beginning.
- Review all of your forms before you sign them to make sure they are 100% accurate.
- When you are seeing your workers’ compensation doctor, do not pull out your own health insurance card for payment.
- If a nurse case manager from the insurance company appears at your appointment, know that you have the absolute right to see your doctor without the nurse case manager being present in the exam room with you and that you can decline any request from the representative from the insurance company to attend the appointment with you.
- Always keep any paperwork the doctor gives you regarding your work restrictions when you leave. Paperwork regarding your work restrictions are very important for your attorney to have regarding your case.
- Never exaggerate or overstate your symptoms. This will only hurt your workers’ compensation claim. A skilled examining doctor has methods to determine when a patient is exaggerating or overstating his or her symptoms and if this is suspected, your medical records will be documented in a negative manner.
- If you are attending a Functional Capacity Evaluation, give it your best efforts. Not giving this evaluation your best efforts and trying your hardest, within your physical capabilities, will also be documented in your medical records.
If you have any questions at all about your medical benefits and your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us at Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. at (904) 777-7777 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation regarding your case.
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