If you have been injured at work, one of the most important things you can do is work on healing from your injury. However, it’s also important to understand how the doctor you choose can impact your workers’ compensation claim. Here are some things to know when selecting a doctor in your workers’ compensation claim.
While you may be comfortable choosing your family doctor to administer treatment for your work-related injury, he or she may not be able to do so because of Texas workers’ compensation laws. Your attending physician must be an “approved” doctor under workers’ compensation law. While you will be faced with the challenge to pick from a list of doctors that you may not know, you’ll want to make sure you make the right choice.
When it comes to filing a claim, details, and accuracy are of the utmost importance for a favorable decision. Here are some questions you should ask your workers’ compensation doctor before treatment begins:
- How much experience do you have with workers’ comp claims?
- Do you understand the importance of meeting deadlines?
- Do you know how to fill out reports completely and correctly?
- Are you supportive of my work injury claim?
If your doctor is not supportive of your claim, then it could have a detrimental impact on the outcome so you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney for guidance. The only exception to choosing a physician that is not approved is in an emergency, or life or death situation that has occurred from a work-related accident.
If you are receiving poor care from your attending physician, you do have the right to choose another doctor. However, this could be a complicated process which is why having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side is crucial to every aspect of your claim. Should you encounter any roadblocks with your doctor or you are not getting the proper care, it’s important to consult with your workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Why It’s Crucial To Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney
Workers’ compensation claims are extremely complicated and mistakes are easy to make without knowing the law. A workers’ comp attorney knows what insurance companies look for in order to deny a claim and how to be proactive in each case. Having a workers’ compensation attorney to guide you through the process can reduce stress so you can focus on healing from your injuries without worry.
Don’t go against the insurance companies alone. A workers’ compensation attorney understands how the system works and can effectively assist you with your claim and ensure your rights are fully protected. Whether you need help with the initial filing of your claim or your workers' comp claim has been denied, contact The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC at (210) 807-3178 today for a free consultation.