December 13, 2019

Why Your First Doctor’s Appointment Following Your Accident is so Important

doctor visit after work accidentMost of us have seen police dramas on TV where the arresting officer tells the suspect that “anything you say can and will be used against you.” In your Georgia workers’ compensation claim not only do you have to worry about what you say, but you also have to worry about what you do not say.

In my practice, I often have to deal with the situation where my client does not discuss with his doctor all of the physical problems that arise from the accident.

  • Example: you fall from a ladder and land on your tailbone but you do not mention to the doctor that your neck is sore as well.
  • Example: you strain your lower back lifting a heavy box but fail to mention to the doctor that your wrist is swollen and sore and that your thumb is numb where the box fell on it

If you do not provide a complete list of your medical problems to the first doctor who sees you, later on you may find that the insurance company will refuse to authorize treatment for that omitted body part.

This results in a situation where later on in the case, for example, the insurance company notifies the doctor that they will pay for treatment of your lower back but not your neck, wrists or hands. You can find yourself meeting with a doctor who will literally refuse to treat you for the unapproved body part even if you are in extreme pain and likely to suffer permanent nerve injury if you do not get treatment. [Read more…]