Two Quick Tips for Dealing with your Workers Compensation Case
Remember, workers comp insurance companies are looking for ways to deny or limit your workers comp benefits - both money and medical treatment (and future benefits, too). They have a team of insurance adjusters, nurses, lawyers, doctors, case managers and investigators working against you from the moment you get hurt at work.
Here are some fundamental, easy-to-do things to keep your workers comp case on track.
1. Do NOT Miss A Medical Appointment
Be sure to keep all medical appointments, if you have to miss one reschedule it as soon as possible. Ongoing medical treatment is important for your recovery, but also for keeping your workers comp case on track. The doctor should send a medical report to the insurance company to verify your ongoing disability, authorize and pay for medical treatment, and issue a check for benefits. You should be submitting your work note to the insurance adjuster every time you see your doctor.
For our clients, we take care of this for them so they can focus on getting better.
Missing medical appointments will cause them to question everything about your case. Are you really injured? Are you working on the side? Did the accident happen like you said it did? Don't give them an opportunity to assume that every hard working American is faking or complaining.
We just talked to someone whose benefits were cut off by Hartford because he missed one physical therapy appointment. Missed one appointment and Hartford stopped his weekly benefits check!
2. Get A Disability Slip (or out-of-work slip or doctor's note) Every Time You Go To The Doctor.
When you see your doctor, he or she should tell you whether you need more medical treatment or therapy, whether you can't work because of your injuries, or whether you can work light duty, with restrictions. Your doctor's opinion on your work status is important - he or she needs to give that to you in writing so the workers comp insurance company has an updated status on your condition.
But Do NOT rely on the receptionist or nurse to fax this to us and the insurance company. Often they will get busy and forget to do it! Most insurance companies will stop paying benefits if they do not receive an up to date disability slip. Make sure you get it yourself!
Get More Tips and Good Information From Experienced DC Workers Comp Lawyers
These two tips are just the beginning. If you've been seriously injured in Washington DC you will need an experienced workers comp lawyer on your side to make sure your benefits keep coming and your medical treatment is authorized. While you are on workers compensation you are entitled to 2/3 of your regular wage (tax free) in benefits, usually weekly. These benefits will close the income gap while you are out of work due to a serious work-related injury. When you call us at 202-393-3320 our guarantee is that we will give you some good information you can use the very same day.
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When you contact our office, you will get a free case assessment for no cost or obligation, and we will tell you whether we think you need a lawyer. Chances are if you have The Hartford and you have a serious injury, you are going to need a lawyer. Find out now- we are here to help! 202-393-3320