When workers suffer injuries on the job, they often focus on the most severe injury and fail to report other parts of their body that are hurt, bruised, or swollen. No matter how minor your injuries may seem, you should report every symptom you experience to the doctor who examines you.
The parts that make up our bodies are interconnected, which means an injury that occurs in one area can affect another area of your body. For example, if you suffer a back injury, the nerve pain and damage can cause you to have problems in your legs. Additionally, your injury symptoms might not become apparent until days or weeks after the accident occurred. Without proper medical treatment, your injury symptoms can become worse over time and might end up requiring additional medical treatment.
When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is crucial that you document every part of your body that was affected by the accident, no matter how minor the pain might seem. This is why it is so important to let your doctor know about any pain you experience after your workplace accident. Without proper documentation from a doctor, it is very difficult to convince a Commissioner or insurance company that another part of your body was also injured in the same accident.
Your Injury Report Matters
When filling out your accident report, workers’ compensation claim form, or any forms you are given at the hospital or medical office you visit, it is important to remember that everything you include can impact your claim for benefits. All too often our lawyers see emergency room reports where injuries and affected body parts are left out or not properly documented. Although hospitals can be chaotic and sometimes doctors aren’t able to document every injury with 100% accuracy, insurance companies will still try to discredit your injury if it lacks the necessary documentation.
Check your injury report to see if how the accident occurred is documented and that all of the injuries you suffered have been clearly described. Make sure to tell the medical professionals examining you about every ache, pain, and any discomfort you are feeling after your accident.
We Can Answer Your Workers Compensation Questions
If you have been injured at work and you have developed new pain associated with your accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our skilled attorney has more than 10 years of experience and has successfully helped thousands of injured workers in San Antonio and surrounding areas secure payment for their work-related injuries. We can walk you through your case so that you are familiar with the legal process and ready assert your rights.Call (210) 807-3178, or contact our San Antonio workers' comp lawyer to set up your free case consultation. We are here to help with your legal needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.