In both workers’ compensation cases and personal injury claims, seeking immediate medical attention and following the orders of doctors and other medical professionals are vital to the outcome of your case. Doctors, however, are not always familiar with the nuances of the legal system in these two areas, which is why it is also important to work closely with a knowledgeable injury attorney while you are receiving medical care. At the Law Office of Frank A. Cetero, in West Islip, New York, we help our injured clients by closely monitoring their medical care related to their workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit.
It is important to report a work-related injury as soon as possible and to seek medical treatment immediately. Delays can negatively impact the outcome of your claim.
Choosing Your Doctor
In workers’ compensation cases, injured workers may be uncertain whether they can seek treatment from a doctor they choose or if they must be treated by a doctor designated by their employer. You may choose your own doctor as long as that physician is authorized to treat workers’ compensation patients by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
At the same time, your employer has the right to request you see an independent medical examiner (IME) of their choosing for another opinion on your injuries, treatment needs and the extent of your disability. It is important to know what to say and what not to say to an IME. We will counsel you on that before your appointment.
Informing Your Doctor
When you do see a doctor, it is important to provide them a full report about your injuries and what you are experiencing. Be honest about your limitations, and do not exaggerate your symptoms. Comprehensive records from any doctor who treats you will be important to your case, but it is also a good idea to keep records of your own regarding each doctor visit and what you are told. It’s also a good idea to record how you are following treatment orders.
Understand that your workers’ compensation claim may be initially denied. Many are. You have the right to appeal a denied claim and go to court if necessary. Our injury lawyers can explain the entire process and help you navigate the system.
Call For A Consultation
The initial consultation is free, and you will only pay an attorney fee if we help you recover workers’ compensation benefits or obtain a financial settlement or judgment in a personal injury lawsuit. Call 631-517-0941 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. We represent clients in Suffolk County and throughout Long Island.