DON'T TELL "WAR" STORIES TO WORK COMP DOCTORS!

  • By By Channing Dutton of Lawyer, Lawyer, Dutton & Drake, L.L.P.
  • 29 Jun, 2016
Today a client called to complain because the work comp doctor wrote down some wild story the client told the doctor about working in the yard. Instead of the client focusing on his care he told the doctor about hurting...
Today a client called to complain because the work comp doctor wrote down some wild story the client told the doctor about working in the yard. Instead of the client focusing on his care he told the doctor about hurting his shoulder picking up a coffee pot. Even though the shoulder injury happened at work this client chose to tell a story about a coffee pot causing shoulder pain. There was no reason to tell the doctor this "war" story. It added nothing to the medical plan. But it did get noticed... by the doctor who's working for the insurance company!
The workers' compensation doctor took the coffee pot war story and blamed all of the shoulder problems on that event instead of the work event. What a mess! Worst of all, the injured worker caused this harm by entertaining the doctor with tales of what worsened his pain. Grrrrrr.......
It seems unnecessary to tell people that if you have a work injury  you should talk to the work doctors about that injury and nothing else. If common, everyday activities aggravate or cause more pain on an already determined injury don't clutter up your case by telling a bunch of war stories to your doctor. On this topic you should stick to the facts and get the care you need.

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