Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with Florida’s workers’ compensation system or for when you are hurt at work or involved in a workplace accident or injury:
1. Ask questions of your doctor. Many times the workers’ compensation doctors run in and then run out of the examination room in less than 5 minutes. If you don’t ask questions they won’t stick around. Ask for clarification on issues such as diagnoses, treatment options and medication use. If you don’t understand and they won’t take the time to explain, call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away.
2. Follow your doctor’s instructions. No lifting an arm means no lifting with that arm. This will become vital later on in the case, especially if the workers’ compensation insurance company has you on video surveillance.
3. Trust your gut. If your instincts are telling you that something isn’t right then you are probably correct. If your employer tells you they will report an injury and don’t, or if the doctor tells you they will treat a body part and don’t, something is wrong. At that point it is time to call your attorney or hire one if you haven’t yet.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for medical care. If your doctors are not listening to you, it’s time to call or hire an attorney.
5. Call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Don’t rely on the workers’ compensation adjuster to give you the care or get you the treatment you deserve.
Call (561) 616-3800 or contact us online to speak with one of the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for a free and confidential consultation today. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience helping Florida’s injured workers recover the medical care they deserve.