After A Serious Work Injury in DC, Telling Your Doctor The Kind Of Work You Do Is Critical.
We all know doctors - even very good ones - have less and less time to spend with patients. Like it or not, that's just the nature of the medical system these days.
After getting hurt at work, when you are getting medical treatment for your work injury, it's important to tell your doctor about the physical nature of your job. You see, doctors don't have any idea what a steamfitter really does, or a chef, or a security guard, an elevator mechanic, a plumber, a grocery store manager, or a delivery driver.
Truth is, a lot of people don't know all of the things you have to do at your job every day.
So assume (and you'l be right) that the doctor doesn't know all the physical aspects of your specific job - how much you have to lift and carry, how often, how often you unload heavy materials, how much your tools and equipment weigh, how much of your work is overhead, etc.
Why Is It Important To Tell Your Doctor About The Physical Aspects Of Your Specific Job?
As you recuperate from your injuries, whether it's a back injury, torn rotator cuff in your shoulder, torn meniscus in your knee - all but very serious injuries will probably (hopefully) have your injury getting better and healing. So at first, the doctor may restrict you from doing any work while your condition is healing (or if you just had surgery for example).
But as your condition improves, the doctor will often set our restrictions or limitations on your activities - no lifting over 10 pounds, no overhead work, no climbing ladders - that kind of thing.
Sometimes the doctor will say you can work because he doesn't understand the physical nature of your job.
Here's An Example of Clarifying Work Restrictions After A Serious Work Injury
A chef tears a rotator cuff at work and has surgery. He can't lift over 10 pounds. His doctor (who goes to a lot of fancy restaurants) has never seen an entree that weighs over 10 pounds, plus the waiters carry the food out anyway. So he says his patient can go back to being a chef.
But the chef of this small restaurant actually has to unload daily deliveries of food, drinks, ingredients and supplies in boxes that weigh 50 pounds, stack them on shelves in the restaurant, move marble tables to set up for different events, lift and carry large pots of boiling water, food, etc.
You get the picture. It's not just making one meal. It's a fast-paced production. Inside a commercial kitchen is a lot different than most of us imagine. The chef needs to provide his doctor with a job description that includes all of the things he actually has to do from day to day. If his doctor knew about the daily haul, he would have taken him out of work.
Your Treating Doctor After A Work Injury Needs To Know Exactly What You Do Every Day.
Tell your doctor exactly what you do for a living - it will help him tailor your restrictions and hopefully your recovery. You don't want your doctor to release you to a job you can't do because he is misinformed. Your workers comp bendefits will stop and it will be tough to get them started again. Start off by writing down all the things you do for your job from day to day and then start getting more specific. If you load and unload, how many pounds? If you climb, how many feet? If you lift overhead, etc - your doctor needs to know about all of that.
Our Clients Get Their Job Descriptions Written Out And Submitted To Their Treating Physician
One of the things we do when a client comes on board with us is start to piece together their job description. We like to have it on hand for the treating physican and of course if we every have to use it for an exhibit in a formal hearing. We can help our clients identify the most physical aspects of their job, and whether or not they can perform essential duties if they go back to work. Most clients want to go back to work as soon as possible after a work injury, but our clients focus on their health and follow doctors orders so they can heal as much as they can.
If You've Been Seriously Injured At Work And You're Not Able to Return To Work You Need An Aggressive DC Workers Comp Attorney
People who have been seriously injured on the job are mostly worried about two things; 1) keeping their job; and 2) when can they get back to work and full earning power. We can help with both.
Losing your job is something that you may have to deal with no matter what: if you are badly injured and out of work for a long period of time, your employer may not be required to hold your job for you. The worst thing that could happen is if you are still injured and unable to go back to work, and you lose your position without filing for workers compensation in DC. You need to make sure you have your benefits in order while you are recovering from surgery. Our aggressive DC workers compensation lawyers have gotten millions in benefits and settlements for our workers compensation clients. And it makes a big difference to those who can't return to the heavy duty aspects of their jobs for awhile, if at all.
The second worst thing that can happen is you rush back to work and ignore your doctors' restrictions because you are worried about losing your job. You might re-injure yourself very soon and be worse off than before. Don't rush back to work before you are released; an experienced DC workers compensation lawyer will be able to get your benefits coming regulary to provide some income relief while you are recuperating.
Contact Our Aggressive DC Workers Compensation Lawyers Today at 202-393-3320
Don't wait to make the decision you need to make in order to protect yourself and your family after a serious work injury. You need an aggressive, proven workers comp lawyer that will give your case the time and attention it deserves.