I just finished up a report on what to do and what not to do on that first trip to the dreaded workers’ comp doctor. Here’s a quick overview/summary of my recommendations:
- Be nice, even if you don’t like the doctor
- Be prepared with notes explaining exactly how you were injured – explain this to the doctor. Rinse, and repeat.
- Do like your parents taught you – don’t lie or exaggerate your symptoms. Workers’ Comp doctors have a way of knowing.
- Don’t say or do anything that you don’t want the Industrial Commission to find out about.
- Order your records after the visit to insure that they accurately reflect your visit.
- Talk to the doctor about their opinion with regards to return to work restrictions.
- Don’t let the doc have a meeting with the nurse without you.
- Don’t talk bad about the nurse or Workers’ Comp carrier in front of the doctor. You can call me and do that.
- Even if you hate the doctor, don’t lose your temper. Again, call me and shout all you want.
- Don’t get treated for an unrelated condition while you are seeing the Workers’ Comp Doctor.
- Don’t tape the visit, unless you are being sent to an IME – in which case you probably need a lawyer. Feel free to call me.
- If you decide not to tape your IME, make notes of the visit.
If that is too much for you to read – remember to be nice, keep notes, don’t lie. That’s about it. Questions? My number is (919) 460-5422.