Workplace injuries can turn from a simple accident into short- or long-term disability. A little slip and fall can turn into a blow to the back of the head, which could lead to a concussion. Or let’s say the slip and fall caused you to fall onto your knee the wrong way, and now you have to have knee surgery. Knee surgery can take months to heal. What if your job depended on you being on your feet? What if you feel you hit your tailbone and have a slipped disc in your lower back? All these injuries are potential and can cause serious injury, leaving you out of the job for days, weeks, or months.
One of the first things to do is to tell your employer immediately that you were in an accident. Then, make sure that you tell your doctor that you are suffering from a workplace injury. This ensures that your doctor knows to document that your injury is work-related. The majority of a workers’ compensation claim is paperwork. The more detailed the notes, the better the insurance can understand your claim. However, there are situations in which claims get denied or delayed. Claims can also request that you see a specialist or an Independent Medical Review.
An Independent Medical reviewer is supposed to be a third-party physician who can assess your situation. Independent medical reviews are often stated to be third parties, but they also work for insurance companies. As much as one would believe that these doctors are impartial and willing to look objectively, sometimes they are not. Some doctors need to be more honest and act with the standard of care they should. Here are some we suggest if you are asked to meet with an independent medical review doctor:
If you are asked to see an independent medical review physician, then the insurance company may be looking to find a way to close your claim or deny it. By calling our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at JML Law, a Professional Law Corporation in Los Angeles, we can ensure that your claim is fairly compensated. We have had great success with our clients and look forward to working for you aggressively so that you continue to get the fair compensation you deserve.
Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident.