You’ve been severely injured on the job, but for some reason, the doctor your insurance company sent you to doesn’t seem to understand what’s wrong. They’re not listening to you, they’re not prescribing what you need, and you don’t feel any better. If anything, you’re feeling pressured to return to work before you feel healthy. At the same time, you're not sure how to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about your injuries.
Consider calling a workers' compensation lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you find a new doctor who will address your unique needs. The right specialists can help you recover faster, heal better, and get back to regular life sooner.
Below, we talk about why attorneys can help you find a good doctor, and why you should call Arnold & Itkin LLP if you've been injured on the job.
How the Process Usually Goes
If you have been injured on the job and need to see a doctor in order to receive your workers' compensation benefits, you have the legal right to choose your own physician. If you’re like many American workers, your injuries require more than a general practitioner. Unfortunately, like many Americans, you likely don’t know where to find a reputable specialist in your area, or how to know if a doctor is as good as they say.
Most people begin their search by asking the basic questions:
- Is the doctor's office near your home or work?
- What insurance does the physician accept?
- What are the doctor's office hours?
- How does the doctor handle emergencies after hours?
- How long do appointments usually last?
- Who sees patients when the regular physician is away or unavailable?
All of these questions will help you find the doctor that best fits your needs for a serious injury. That’s also where an attorney can help.
After an Offshore Accident, Do I Have to See the Company Doctor?
It is unfortunate, but in many cases, your employer may pressure you into thinking that you are required to be seen by a company doctor following a serious offshore accident. This is simply untrue. Maritime law gives you the full right to go to a doctor of your own choosing—and in almost all cases, going to your own doctor is in your best interests. The same applies to virtually any work-related injury, in any industry.
There are many reasons that you should not go to a company-selected doctor:
- A company doctor might be more invested in the company's best interests than yours.
- A company doctor will only perform the treatments paid for by the company, which could leave you without necessary tests.
- Maintenance and cure will only be paid until your treating physician states you are at "maximum cure," which could be much sooner than necessary if your company is in control of the treatment instead of your doctor
Choose Your Own Doctor & Protect Your Best Interests
The law gives you the right to choose your doctor following an offshore accident, and it is in your best interests to do so. By working with a doctor of your choosing, you can make sure that you are comfortable with them, that the proper tests are being performed, and that your best interests and health are put first.
One Easy Way to Find a Good Doctor & Recover Better
Arnold & Itkin LLP has experience representing workers’ compensation cases all over the country. In order to adequately prove the extent of an injury, we work with renowned medical professionals from every specialty. As a result, we've inadvertently formed relationships with doctors in every practice area who have a proven record of high-quality care. We send our clients to specialists in every field, from orthopedic care to counselors for post-traumatic stress. Our clients get the best care possible while we get to work building their case.
We take care of our own—forming lasting relationships is a cornerstone of our practice. When you’re hurt, we don’t want to let you settle for a doctor who won’t know how to get you well. The physicians we know can make sure you’re emotionally, physically, and mentally recovered as much as possible before you go back to living your life.
After suffering an on-the-job injury, your main focus should be on recovering and returning to your regular activities. The best way to do this is with the help of the right doctor. Once you have found the physician that will help you return to health, our team of experienced workers' compensation attorneys can begin the process of ensuring you receive the financial compensation you need to pay your medical bills and move forward.