Why You Need To Seek Medical Treatment ASAP
If you have suffered a workplace injury or have developed a chronic medical condition or occupational disease, you need to see a doctor. Workers are often worried about the prospect of going to a doctor or hospital for several reasons.
You may need to take time off from work, you may have concerns about the expense and receiving medical bills you can’t afford, and you may be worried if you make a claim of workers’ compensation you could lose your job. These are all valid concerns, but our attorneys at Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., strongly recommend you seek medical attention as soon as you can after an injury. Here’s why:
To Get Well
First and foremost is that you want to get better. Many injuries or illnesses may be relatively minor when they first occur, but without proper medical attention they may never properly heal, or you may be left with a chronic and worsening condition over the long term.
Receiving medical care immediately after an injury allows you to receive the surgery, treatment, medication or therapy necessary to stop the injury from becoming worse and to start the healing process.
Many people ignore what they think are minor injuries, only for them to develop into serious, work-ending conditions. And this is where failing to obtain treatment immediately after an injury causes different, but equally serious harm.
To Create A Record
The second critical element of seeking medical treatment as soon as you realize you are hurt or injured is that it creates a documented medical record of the cause of the injury. Some workers’ compensation claims are denied due to an insufficient medical record, which allows insurance companies to shirk their duty by claiming the injuries are not work-related. Lack of a medical record can make it difficult to later argue that it was work-related.
It is absolutely critical that you have a record that demonstrates that the harm you suffered was a result of your work-related activities. The more complete and detailed the medical record you have of your injuries and treatment, the more successful your claim will be. Our attorneys can help you with every step of the process, from filing your initial claim with your employer to dealing with insurance companies. Should your medical condition become very serious and your health does not improve, it can also be important in building medical evidence that could be used to apply for Social Security Disability.
Contact Us Today!
We have the experience to help you with a successful claim. Call 740-693-1208 to reach one of our offices in Marietta, Athens, New Lexington or Zanesville, or tell us about your injuries online and our lawyers will contact you as soon as possible.