If you get injured at work and you’re sent to the first doctor’s visit but, the doctor does little to determine how injured you are and, you’re sent back to work, should you go back? In short, if you want to keep your benefits, you must follow the recommendations of the physician that you saw even though he may have your employers’ and the insurance’s interests in mind instead of yours, as an injured worker. If you are hurt and you are concerned that you might injury yourself more if you go back to work, you need to make sure you follow the restrictions the company doctor sets for you but, you must also make sure you communicate any concern about further injuring yourself to your immediate supervisor.
So what happens if you don’t go back to work because you don’t believe that the doctor is really helping you get the treatment you need? You will risk losing the benefits provided to you under your Employer’s ERISA Benefit Plan. If you either skip out on going to the doctor or, decide not to go to work with the restrictions that the company doctor provides, you will determined to be non-compliant and will very likely receive an Adverse Benefit Determination letter informing you of the termination of your medical and wage benefits.
If you are inured on the job working for an employer that provides coverage under an ERISA plan, it’s important that the first action you take is to report the incident to a supervisor and then seek medial attention. If you feel that the treatment being provided under your employer’s plan is not helping, you need to speak with a Texas Work Injury Attorney before you decide on your own whether or not you should continue to go to work!
As your work injury lawyer, one of my first steps would be to find out the details of the coverage provided under your Employer’s ERISA Plan and to make sure you are receiving the treatment you need to determine how serious your injury may be. As an injured worker, the first steps you should take are to report the injury, seek treatment as instructed and, follow the recommendations of the treating doctor but, do not injure yourself further by trying to do too much!
If you’ve been injured working for a Texas Non-Subscriber, you need to know how injured you are before you can decide whether you should be working! If the treatment you are receiving from the company doctors is not helping, you need to find honest medical treatment as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the harder it will be on you and your family down the road as you face muddy waters created by your employer’s legal team.
When you are ready to discuss your work injury, call Texas Work Injury Attorney Hector L. Sandoval at (346) 347-7777 or visit us on the web at https://sandovalpllc.com/. Call and put Sandoval to work for you!