We see quite a few people after they have experienced an accident at work that has left them injured and in some cases permanently disabled.
These cases are heartbreaking, because so often they feature not only severe injuries but also unwelcome battles with employers for Kansas City workers’ compensation benefits just to cover the employees’ medical expenses.
One of the biggest questions or uncertainties that people have around their workers’ compensation in Kansas City has to do with their doctor. This is the person who is expected by the patient and the employer alike to provide the best care possible. However, many people are unsure of which doctor they need to see and what they need to tell both their doctor and their employer.
If you are involved in a workers’ compensation case, here are a few tips to help you.
- Go to the doctor your employer suggests. As soon as your employer realizes that you have been injured on the job, he will recommend a specific doctor or office to see, or he may allow you a choice from a short list of physicians. It is important to see that health care provider and no one else; otherwise you may become ineligible for workers’ comp coverage by your employer.
- Tell the doctor right away you are there for a job related injury. Let your doctor know up front that you are there due to an accident on the job. This may affect how thoroughly she examines you and write up their conclusions about your condition. This can also have a significant impact on your case.
- Do not withhold any injuries your doctor determines are work-related from your employer. Hiding information from your employer about what your doctor deemed work-related trauma might also hurt your case. Concealing your injuries may deny you the full compensation you deserve, may lead you employer to have unreasonable expectations about your ability to work, and might hurt your legal case by not providing all the necessary details.
If you have a job-related injury, contact a Kansas City workers’ compensation lawyer for more help in knowing the best ways to handle your case so you do not put your settlement in jeopardy.