Medical Evidence is Essential to Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Serious workplace accidents that result in serious injuries happen regularly both here in Florida and throughout the country. Becoming injured in a workplace accident usually means facing unexpected medical expenses while also missing work while you recover. For this reason, many injured workers in the Sunshine State choose to pursue benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation program. This is a type of no-fault insurance which covers almost any kind of work-related injury, regardless of whose negligence caused the injury. However, the fact that most injured workers should qualify for the program does not mean that every claim is successful. And while there are many cases where claims are denied that shouldn’t have been, in other circumstances workers’ compensation claims are denied because of problems with the medical evidence that was provided. It is imperative that you know the steps you should take in regard to the medical evidence in your case in order to protect your rights and ensure that you get the benefits you are owed.
Obtaining Medical Help Quickly is Essential
In the immediate aftermath of being injured at work, your most important priority should be getting medical care. In the most serious of cases, you will likely need the assistance of first responders to administer medical care at the scene of the accident. In other cases, you may choose to visit a local emergency room or urgent care center afterward. You may even choose to contact your own family care physician or general practitioner for an appointment as long as your provider has availability quickly. Regardless of how you pursue treatment, it is important that you do seek medical attention immediately following an accident regardless of the route you choose and even if you only have moderate pain or even none at all. In addition to the fact that there could be internal injuries you are unlikely to uncover on your own, keep in mind that the adrenaline from an accident can initially hide the extent of your symptoms. It can take days for a person to feel the full extent, by which time things could be worse.
Continue Your Treatment Honestly and With Commitment
As time goes on, you should be fully cooperative with the doctors who are continuing your treatment. That means that you should attend any appointments that are scheduled for you until you are advised by your doctors to stop treatment. You should also strive to be honest with your doctors about the current state of your injuries, but you should never exaggerate the extent.
Document, Document, Document
You should gather evidence that may help your claim throughout your treatment process and keep this evidence in a safe place. This can include everything from records that detail the dates and nature of treatment to anything written by your treating providers that shows any diagnoses you have received and that your injury is related to the workplace incident.
Contact Us for Help
The most reliable and effective way to protect and enforce your rights to compensation after a workplace accident is to hire an attorney you can trust to advocate for your rights. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we are focused on and passionate about helping those who have been injured in workplace accidents of all kinds. We are committed to answering your questions and dedicated to helping you be successful with any claim you are entitled to pursue. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.