Why You Need To Seek Medical Treatment As Soon As Possible After A Work Injury
If you have suffered a work 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 expensive medical bills
- You may be worried that you could lose your job if you file a workers’ compensation claim
These are all valid concerns, but you need to understand that you are owed workers’ compensation benefits if your injury happened in the course of your employment. That is the law. And you also need to understand that you will need a medical record of your injury in order to receive workers’ comp benefits.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys at Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., strongly recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as you can after a work 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.
Learn more about what to do if your employer discourages you from filing a workers’ comp claim.
To Create A Medical 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 the injury was work-related.
It is absolutely critical that you have a medical 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. We are here to alleviate your burdens and help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
If your medical condition becomes very serious and your health does not improve, your medical record is also important in applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
Contact Us Today For A Free Consultation
We have the experience to help you with a successful claim. Call 740-693-1208 to reach one of our offices in New Lexington, Zanesville, Marietta or The Plains. You can also fill out our contact form to tell us about your injuries. Our lawyers will contact you as soon as possible.