How to Deal with Workers Comp Doctors
Being injured or ill is bad enough without having to get yourself to and from several different physicians. Oftentimes, the insurance company will make you jump through hoops to get your claim approved, and as part of that process, they can require you to undergo an independent medical examination (IME).
An IME is where you’ll be evaluated by a physician of the insurer’s choosing. This doctor has been hired by the insurer, so it stands to reason that they may be looking for any reason they can find to diminish the impact your condition has had on your life and your ability to do your job.
With that being said, learning how to handle these physicians can work in your favor, and we review a couple of the most important tips and tricks below.
Don’t Oversell the Extent of Your Work Injuries
Just like with any other type of doctor’s appointment, the physician will be asking you about your symptoms and the ways your life has been influenced by your condition. One common mistake that claimants make is overexaggerating their symptoms.
Many people want to do this because they want to make sure that the physician understands how serious their workplace injuries are. Unfortunately, the doctor will usually be able to tell if you are making your injuries appear worse than they actually are, and this could be detrimental to the outcome of your claim.
Oversharing Could Hurt Your Case
You have to walk a fine line when dealing with workers comp doctors. You don’t want to overshare about how your condition has affected your life, but you also need to be honest with them so your medical records are appropriately reflected.
In your doctor’s appointments, you should answer the physician’s questions clearly, but try not to be too friendly with them, as they were retained by the insurance company and aren’t necessarily looking out for your interests.
Speak with a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer
When you have to undergo an IME to get the benefits you’re entitled to and you want to protect your workman’s compensation rights, get help from a North Carolina workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A.
You can visit our office for a complimentary claim assessment so we can learn more about your work-related condition. Call our office at 252-752-7785 or submit the contact form below to schedule your assessment today.