When you are being covered by a workers’ compensation claim you will have to be seen by a medical professional to determine how good or bad your medical condition is and when you will be able to return to work or if you will be able to return to work. This medical professional will also have to determine many other things regarding your medical condition.
The medical professional that will be seeing you is not really working for you. He is working more for your employer and the workers’ compensation agency so that they can reduce the amount that you will be paid.
This medical professional will be a state appointed doctor. It will not be someone that your work picks, a judge picks, or even the insurance themselves picked. These doctors are already chosen by the state to be able to make decisions such as these. These doctors are brought into the equation when questions arise that need to be answered including:
- Has the employee reached their maximum potential in recovery?
- Is the injury considered to be a compensable injury?
- Can the injured worker complete certain duties on the job?
This doctor will voice all the opinions and findings that they find when they make this observation. These doctors try to help resolve any type of disputes. They also help present evidence to the cases. Once you have one of these doctors presenting their findings no one can really overrule them.
Designated doctors often have other jobs within the insurance carriers that they work for. They make a living by working for these insurance companies. These doctors get paid to do exams on workers that have been injured that lead to a reduction or a loss in the benefits that they are receiving.
If you are facing a case for workers’ compensation and have an appointment with a designated doctor coming up in the near future then you need to make sure that you have a good lawyer on your side that will help you figure out all of the ins and outs of the appointment and make sure that your appointment and case are handled in a way that is in your best interests and will help out you and your family.
Workers’ compensation is great if it works out in your favor, but if your designated doctor finds in any way that your compensation can be reduced or taken away completely then you could be in a world of hurt. Therefore, it is very important to find a great injury lawyer as soon as you are hurt so that they can work with you throughout your whole case and ensure that you are treated in the very best manner. The lawyers want to help you beat these designated doctors.
Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC helps injured workers. Call (346) 347-7777 for a free and informative consultation!