Dealing with Doctors After a Workplace Injury
Enlist the Help of Experienced Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Attorneys
It can be hard to know what to do after an on-the-job injury. Typically, a workers' compensation claims adjuster will set up what is called an "independent medical exam" or IME. This is one of the most important factors in your workers' compensation claim process. You will need to tell the doctor every detail about your job accident and the impact it has had on your ability to do your job as well as your day-to-day life. This is especially true when it comes to on-the-job brain injuries, work-related spinal cord injuries and workplace mental health injury or impairment due to stress.
Metzger Wickersham is an extremely experienced team of personal injury attorneys in Pennsylvania who have been handling workers' compensation cases for decades. We always suggest that claimants start writing a "medical journal" as soon as they became injured at work or begin feeling pain on the job. Notes about your job injury symptoms will be helpful to general physicians, occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons and mental health providers alike.
Keep Record of Your Symptoms & Injuries
Only you know the ways that your work accident injury has affected your life, and the doctor needs to be made aware of everything. Maybe you can’t drive anymore due to repetitive stress carpal tunnel syndrome, or perhaps the broken bones you suffered during a fall at work make it hard for you to walk up the stairs in your home. All these details factor into your workers’ compensation claim.
Make note of things such as the following:
- When the pain first started
- Job duties at the time
- Which tasks worsen the pain
- Ways you’ve compensated for the pain in order to keep working
Additionally, make note of any ways the pain has impacted your personal life and any safety or ergonomic changes your employer has made at your work station. Include all medical treatments or palliative steps you’ve been told to take to lessen your pain, such as ice packs, heating pads or pain relief medications.
Let Us Help Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
Don’t worry that keeping a work pain log will make it more difficult to deal with your boss—it is vital that you do not leave anything out in your job injury pain notes. At Metzger Wickersham we will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We can help you find relief and will fight for a return to your life before your on-the-job injury. As one of the most established firms in Pennsylvania, we are dedicated to obtaining a successful outcome on your behalf. Anything short of excellence is not tolerated at Metzger Wickersham.
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