After receiving a work-related injury, receiving medical treatment is essential. However, many injuries go untreated partially because if the condition isn't recorded, it won't be covered under your workers' compensation claim. When seeking medical treatment, you need to make sure that the primary injury is covered as well as any secondary injuries or conditions that may result from it.
How Medical Treatment Is Authorized
When you first seek treatment after an injury, the doctor will seek to identify the injuries that were the direct result of your accident. During your initial examination, the doctor may choose to leave out various symptoms or conditions that they believe may not have a direct connection to your work-related injury. If and when this occurs, those specific conditions will not be covered by your workers' compensation claim.
How to Receive Care for Denied Body Injuries and Related Health Issues
If you have secondary issues or injuries that you know are a direct result of your work-related injury, you will need to make sure they are included in your claim. When a doctor does not list them in their report, you will need to hire a workers' compensation attorney who will work through the legal process on your behalf to get them included in your case. This may involve filing a petition and appearing in front of a judge to make sure all of your injuries are included.
Why Would Doctors Refuse to Address Certain Complaints?
A doctor may not record specific injuries or symptoms in your file because of how California's laws are written. Doctors do not get proper compensation for conditions they report as work-related. In many cases, they get paid little to nothing for their services. By not recording certain aspects of your injury, they are less likely to have to provide treatment for free.
If the initial doctor fails or refuses to record all aspects of your injury claim, consider discussing your additional claims with your personal doctor to have a record of it. When filling out any forms, make sure to list all body parts and conditions as accurate and timely reporting of an injury is essential to obtain proper care and compensation. The longer you wait to treat a condition you believe is related to your injury claim, the harder it is to prove that it is related.
Call Your California Workers' Compensation Attorney Immediately!
After a work-related injury, seeking proper medical care is essential. This eliminates a doctor trying to claim that a symptom or injury is related to another accident or poor care. If you discover that a doctor is trying to avoid including injuries that you know are related directly to your work, you will need to call a California workers' compensation attorney immediately.
The attorneys at Gaylord & Nantais specialize in workers' compensation cases and understand how doctors authorize treatment. Call and schedule an appointment today to find out how we can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve! Schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
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