If you have been injured in the workplace, should you get a worker’s compensation settlement first and then seek medical care? Though you can argue that the facts alone prove you suffered an injury, diagnostic testing and medical treatment are necessary to prove the full extent of your injuries. Without treatment and testing, your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company cannot easily conclude that you will need additional treatment in the future and you settlement will not reflect the full amount of damages you sustained. Therefore, here are some tips regarding medical care after you have sustained an injury from worker’s compensation attorneys.
- If you hurt, go to the doctor. You may have gotten treatment in the emergency department on the day of your injury and maybe even had an x-ray or MRI. However, if that is the only visit to the doctor that you have had and you still hurt, go back to the doctor. It is possible that your injury was not detected at that first visit or that you need additional treatment for you injury, such as pain medications or physical therapy.
- Consider massage therapy and other methods of holistic care in addition to traditional medicine.Massage therapy can be very helpful to many people suffering from pain. However, insurance companies and juries understand the value of traditional medicine over holistic medicine and diagnostic testing is more useful in proving your injuries. Even so, you may be compensated for the cost of massage therapy.
- If the injury has caused you emotional distress, consider psychological therapy. Some people shy away from therapy thinking that they should just power through the pain and anxiety that their injury has caused them. However, psychological and psychiatric therapy have proven effective in treating pain and injury-related depression and anxiety and could provide a significant benefit to you.
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