If you get hurt on the job, your employer may suggest you go to their company doctor. An issue that arises from this situation is that for some reason, these injured workers are only being treated at that specific clinic and nowhere else and it is detrimental to their health.
It's no surprise that a company clinic makes a ton of money from the company. If they keep the injured workers off of work, the company will look for a new medical facility that will say what they want them to say. As a result, we constantly see these doctors sending severely injured employees back to work when they should be getting rest and treatment.
So how do we solve this problem?
The solution to this problem is relatively simple on the forefront. You do not have to be treated at the company clinic even if the insurance company says they won’t pay for you to see your own doctor because that is a flat out lie. Under most Workers' Compensation laws, you have a right to see a doctor of your choosing and treat with them.
If you have suffered a serious injury on the job it is really important that you exercise this right to the fullest extent. It is your right to see a doctor of your choosing and receive the appropriate medical care. You absolutely need a physician who is unbiased and can tell you exactly what is wrong with you and what treatment you need. You need someone who will not send you back to work too early when that can make your injury exponentially worse and could lead to permanent damages to your body.
If you have a back, neck, leg or arm injury that goes beyond a strain, you should have your doctor refer you to an orthopedic doctor as those are the physicians who specialize in treating those specific type of injuries. Most clinic doctors working through your company will often tell you that an x-ray is normal so you are fine-which is almost never the case! The reality is that ligament injuries as well as any herniated discs can only show up via an MRI and that is a common test which an orthopedic will order to determine what is truly wrong with you.
This is all true even (and especially) if your wish is to just be fine and get back to work. There are far too many instances when a doctor sends you back to work too soon and ends up turning a mild injury into one that results in months of lost time and a surgery when a few weeks of rest and physical therapy could have solved everything.
Know your rights. If you are injured on the job, choose your doctor! Choose your treatment! And contact us today to be protected!