The most important thing to do after being injured at work, even if the injury is minor or you don’t feel like you were seriously hurt, is to go to the hospital or a doctor’s office. Your medical records from immediately after the incident will be invaluable if you decide to file a claim for workers’ compensation.
Usually, your employer will send you to a physician of their choosing, which may be okay immediately after the injury, particularly if no one else is available. However, if you continue to see your employer’s preferred physician after your initial appointment, you may lose your right to choose your own physician.
If you see your employer’s doctor, there are certain things these individuals are trained to look for in order to protect the best interests of your employer. Here’s what to know and how to get help filing a workers’ comp claim in Louisiana.
Top Issues a Workers’ Comp Physician Looks For
When you visit a workers’ comp doctor after being injured either in the emergency room or at a doctor’s office, they will be looking for the following things that could potentially indicate you are falsifying your report:
- Symptom exaggeration. Exaggerating the severity of your symptoms or neglecting to fully inform your physician of your symptoms prevents them from adequately assessing your medical condition. This often leads to doubts that you were injured or that you require accommodation.
- Failure to disclose prior injury. Your case may be jeopardized if the physician discovers a previously unreported injury. If you fail to reveal prior injuries, you will likely be accused of misrepresenting your medical condition or committing workers’ comp fraud.
- Inconsistencies in the story of how you were injured. Information that contradicts the doctor’s assessment is a major red flag. More often than not, these discrepancies are accidental, but they might give the physician the impression that you are lying about your injury.
Do You Need Help From a Louisiana Workers’ Comp Lawyer?
Going through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Louisiana isn’t easy. Insurance companies and employers make matters even more difficult when they are skeptical that you’re being truthful and honest in your workers’ comp claim. It’s important to have a qualified attorney on board to advocate for your rights and help you obtain the financial and medical benefits you need following an injury in the workplace. Contact Wanko Workers Comp Lawyers for a consultation by dialing (985) 893-6530.