Q: I was sent back to work after 2 wks of work men's comp . How long will it take to make a offer to me for my injuries.
A: Worker’s compensation doctors are bias and they send you back to work even though in most case they shouldn’t. The law says you have to treat with them but the law allows you to be evaluated by a neutral doctor one time to know your true disability and your true need for future treatment. Once you have final reports from both the treating physician and the neutral doctor then you would be ready to properly discuss settlement. You should consult anyone of us on Justia for a free consultation.
A: after 27 years of practice my general impression is that the industrial clinic or company clinic doctors that first assess your injury are generally biased in favor of the insurance company that is paying them. meaning that they often down play the severity of the injury initially and tend to send people back to work sooner than they should which shifts the burden to pay you off the insurance company and onto the employer. You are free to get a new treating doctor and there are some out that really are looking out for their patients first, not insurance profits first. experienced workers compensation attorneys know which doctors tend to be more concerned with their patients and which are not. I recommend you consult and hire a workers compensation attorney who can help direct your medical care to a patient focused doctor as well as oversee and direct your entire case so that your rights are properly asserted and your settlement is adequate and appropriate for your injury. if your injury is nothing more than first aid then you may not need an attorney but for anything more you should at least request a consultation to learn your rights.
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