While an injury at work can be a hardship, it doesn’t have to be extremely complicated. After notifying your employer of your accident, they will usually instruct you to go to one of their clinics to see a doctor. You can choose to do that, or you also have the freedom to look for your own workers compensation doctor.
The first step in any case is to determine exactly what is wrong. Once you are aware of your injury, then you and your workers compensation doctor can begin to work out a plan to get you healthy and back to work. Determining your treatment and submitting the needs to the insurance company will begin the process of getting you healthy again. As long as you listen to your doctor and follow his advice, you will begin the path to getting better.
Filing the Claims
When you have narrowed down which workers compensation doctor you are going to work with, their office staff will begin the process of filing all of your medical claims with your adjuster. This will be helpful to you so that you can focus on your health rather than acquiring copies of records and tests and then sending them to the insurance company. The office staff will be experienced at this and be able to file the claims much easier on your behalf.
Follow the Treatment Plan
Once a plan is in place and has been approved, then follow the doctor’s advice and you should be on the road to recovery. If at any point you have questions about your treatments or procedures, your doctor will be able to answer any of your questions. Understanding what is needed from you is very important so that you can stay on the right path of success and so that you can be on your feet and back to work quickly.
Returning to Work
Once you have been released back to work, make sure you are aware of what you can and cannot do on the job. There will be some things that your doctor will not want you doing right away. Discuss these timelines with your doctor and have them in writing for your employer when you return to work. That way everyone knows what you are capable of doing and they will not be expecting you to do more that you are able. Not injuring yourself again by doing too much is very important.