A Trusted Workers Compensation Lawyer Will Get Job Injury Doctors to Take You Seriously
Like anyone who gets sick, injured workers generally trust doctors to do what's right-to be honest, direct and to follow the Hippocratic oath and "do no harm." But because injured workers are often sent to doctors appointed by the employer, the diagnosis may not reflect the magnitude of the job injury. It may be hard to believe, particularly if you have known your boss for a long time, but very often the boss's physician will downplay the injury so that the company doesn't have to pay a big settlement. Workers Comp insurance adjusters are also motivated to diminish injuries of their clients' employees, making the overall balance of power extremely unfair for the hurt worker. This is where we come in.
When you are sent to what is often called an "Independent Medical Exam", or IME, with your company's doctor, we ensure that every detail of your workplace injury is properly recorded in your medical chart. Your entire Workers Compensation benefits claim hinges on the doctor documenting your work accident injury or illness, and every symptom, thoroughly and accurately. When you have us by your side, IME doctors can't ignore you or diminish your injuries. But when it's yours against theirs, you can end up with a denied Work Comp claim and having to navigate the Workers Comp appeals process alone.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Workers Comp IME Doctors May Downplay Your Work Injury
In an article about Workers Comp problems, the New York Times found that independent medical examiners are "often anything but independent" due to their bias as representatives of your employer or Work Comp insurance adjuster. At the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl, we're on your side. We will fight as hard as we can to make sure that any IME doctors, orthopedic surgeons, vocational therapists or behavioral therapists you see will fully understand your workplace injury. We will not allow Workers Compensation adjusters to pressure you into accepting a "low-ball" offer, nor let them minimize your job-related injuries in your Work Comp claim medical records.
If you were hurt at work, call the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl today at (508)677-4900 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Every discussion is confidential and personalized, and you pay nothing until we win your case. We help clients throughout the Providence, Fall River, Foxborough, Middleborough, New Bedford, Tiverton and Little Compton region.