Claim process -- Tips for doctor visits
The workers' compensation system can seem like a maze to injured worker who wants to file a claim to get medical assessment and treatment.
Here are 11 suggestions injured workers should consider for a successful doctor visit.
1. Bring the following to every doctor visit:
the name of the workers' compensation insurance company;
the name, address, phone number and fax number of your insurance claims adjuster and employer;
your insurance claim number;
a list of any other health care providers that are treating you;
a list of any current medications you are taking;
and a list of any questions or concerns you would like the doctor to address
2. Be on time to all appointments; be sure to give plenty of notice to your doctor's office if you must cancel.
3. Give a detailed and accurate description of how your injury occurred and any body part that was affected.
4. Be thorough with your doctor. Explain if your symptoms are improving, worsening or staying the same.
5. Be prepared to give a complete and accurate medical history.
6. Ask how long it will take to recover from your injury and how long it will take for you to return to work, with and without restrictions. Ask for a copy of a Report of Work Ability.
7. Ask about less invasive or other treatment options.
8. If your doctor gives you prescriptions, referrals or restrictions, ask the doctor's office to fax all of the information to your adjuster.
9. Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.
10. Keep copies of everything for your own records.
11. Stay in open communication with your adjuster regarding all of your doctor appointments.