Organizing Your Medical Treatment Records After a Serious Work Injury in DC
Here at Donahoe Kearney we get a lot of calls from people who want us to review their case - which is fantastic because that is what we like to do. However sometimes its just not clear what you need - and this can be a really stressful time for you if you're seriously hurt and worried about your future, your medical treatment and your finances, we totally get that. Because let's face it - you've never been injured like this before, never been through the DC workers comp system and you might now know the difference between a treating physician and a specialist and a pain management doctor. And this is simply because you've never been here before!
In any injury case it's always the most important thing to get your medical treatment. Some people might be tempted to wait until their treatment is authorized (in a workers' comp case or sometimes in a car accident). However, if you have personal insurance or can pay on your own you need to use it in order to get the treatment you need. The strongest case that we can build is one with strong medical treatment and strong support, through the medical records, for your case.
This is because a lot of times, especially in a workers' comp case, the insurance company will deny the case simply because they don't have medical records and so they will deny the case as a matter of course, to test and see whether or not the injured worker will challenge the decision.
You Should Be Keeping A List of All Your Doctors, When You Last Saw Them, and What Treatment They Prescribed
Generally speaking the "Treating Physician" is the doctor that you are seeing every month and is more or less the hub of your medical treatment. A general physician, a specialist, and a pain management physician can all be treating physicians so long as that particular person is your "main" doctor. And you can have all three and they can be different doctors - it just depends upon your injury and the complexity of your injury.
If we are investigating your case, we want to know who are your doctors, when you last saw them, do you have a work note, and do you have your supporting progress notes. That will help us determine the medical aspects of your case, and see if we can give you specific advice and/or potentially take your case.
Our Experienced DC Workers Compensation Lawyers Can Help
Are you knee-deep in medical records from a serious injury and not sure which doctors and important, where your case is legally, and what to do next? You should probably focus on your recovery and let us take care of everything else for you.
Contact our experienced workers compensation team and we can help you get on the right track. We make it easy to get started - just call us at 202-393-3320.