What to Expect When You See a Doctor for Your Workers’ Compensation Injury

December 8 , 2023

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know that getting hurt at work can change every aspect of your personal and professional life. Because North Carolina is a no-fault workers’ compensation system, most employees focus on being eligible for benefits, which helps minimize the physical, emotional, and financial fallout from their injuries.

However, many injured workers downplay the importance of their initial medical assessment and how it may impact their claim.

Here, we offer tips on what to expect when you see a doctor for your workers’ compensation injury and how to prepare for the visit to help protect your claim.

What to Expect When You See a Doctor for Your Workers’ Compensation Injury

What Should I Expect from My North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Doctor Visit?

It is important to note that some employers have a preferred provider network or a list of approved doctors called panel physicians for workers’ compensation cases. You may be required to see a doctor from this network initially.

Whether it is a physician from that list or one of your choice, when you see a doctor for a workers’ compensation injury, you can expect the physician to ask questions about your medical history, how your injury occurred, any symptoms you are experiencing, and any treatments you have received.

Next, the doctor will examine and evaluate your injuries, ordering diagnostic tests like X-rays, MRI, or blood tests to understand them better. Based on the diagnosis, they will recommend a treatment plan, which may include medications, bed rest, surgery, physical therapy, or other forms of medical intervention.

Depending on the severity of your injuries, the doctor may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.

The Doctor Will Be in Full Communication with Your Employer and Insurer

During the medical assessment, the doctor will take notes on the nature of the injury, the care provided, and other information and communicate those details with your employer and workers’ compensation insurance carrier. These notes will include details regarding your medical condition, treatment plan, and ability to return to work.

All documentation, including medical reports and bills, will be used as evidence in your workers’ compensation claim. It is essential to keep copies of these documents for your records.

In addition, the physician will make recommendations regarding your ability to return to work. If modifications or restrictions are necessary, they will be communicated to your employer and may impact the work you can perform in the short- and long-term.

How Can I Prepare for an Appointment with a Workers’ Compensation Doctor?

We have discussed at length how to talk to your doctor after suffering a North Carolina workplace injury, and we recommend you prepare for your appointment by:

  • Being honest and concise.
  • Being clear on the dates and types of treatments you have received.
  • Not exaggerating your symptoms.
  • Telling your doctor about prior injuries, pre-existing conditions, or medical history.
  • Being honest about the extent of your injury or how it happened.

If you encounter difficulties with your workers’ compensation claim or face disputes, we can help provide the legal guidance and representation you need to pursue the best outcome for your unique circumstances.

Our dedicated Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation law firm provides free consultations to all employees who have suffered a workplace injury in North Carolina by calling 704-376-1616 or contacting us online.

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