A workplace injury can turn from a simple accident into a short or long term disability. A little slip and fall can turn into a blow to the back of the head which could lead to a concussion. Or let’s say the slip and fall caused you to fall onto your knee the wrong way and now you have to have knee surgery. Knee surgery can take months to heal. What if your job depended on you being on your feet? What if when you feel you hit your tail bone and know you have a slipped disc in your lower back? All these injuries are potential and can cause serious injury which can leave out of the job for days, weeks, or months.
One of the first things to do is to tell your employment immediately that you were in an accident. Then make sure that you tell your doctor that you are suffering from a workplace injury. The reason for this is to ensure that your doctor knows to document that your injury is work-related. The majority of a workers’ compensation claim is paperwork. The more detailed the notes, the better the insurance can understand your claim. However, there are situations in which claims get denied or delayed. Claims can also request that you see a specialist or an Independent Medical Review.
An Independent Medical Reviews is supposed to be a third party physician who can assess your situation. Often times independent medical reviews are stated to be third parties, but they also work for insurance companies. As much as one would believe that these doctors are impartial and really willing to look objectively, sometimes they are not. In fact, some doctors are not as honest nor do the act with the standard of care of which they should. Here are something we suggest if you are asked to meet with an independent medical review doctor:
- A physician for the independent medical review is not your physician and is not there to help you with your ailments. The person reviewing you for your injuries not as a doctor to help you.
- Always bring someone with you. You are allowed to bring one person. Bring someone you trust to take good notes while you are meeting with the physician
- Know that you can always report if anything indecent happens while you are with the physician.
- Call 818-610-8800 or click here to reach our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation.
If you are asked to see an independent medical review physician then the insurance company may be looking to find a way to close your claim or deny it. By calling our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation in Los Angeles we can make sure that your claim is getting fairly compensated. We have had great success with our clients and look forward to working for you aggressively so that you continue to get the fair compensation you deserve.
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Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, give us a call at 818-610-8800 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.