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What Not to Say to Your Workers Comp Doctor

November 08, 2021By Niko Pothitakis

After a serious work injury, it’s important to act right away and ensure you have the proper documentation to secure your rightful benefits. Unfortunately, that’s not always so easy. You’ll need to know what to do and what not to say to your workers’ comp doctor.

Fortunately, if you’re concerned about your work comp doctor visit, a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help. We understand how difficult it can be to get your compensation, and we’ll help you fight back for the full funds you deserve after your work accident.

Exaggerations Hurt Your Claim

One of the most damaging things you can do for your work comp claim is to say that your injuries are worse than they are. When you go into the office for your independent medical exam, your doctor will need to ensure you’re getting the appropriate treatment.

However, if you exaggerate the symptoms you’re experiencing, you might find yourself dealing with a denial. A doctor will likely recognize when you’re exaggerating a symptom or claiming to experience a symptom you don’t have.

If a doctor believes that you’re exaggerating claims of an injury, they may then state that you don’t need workers’ compensation benefits following your injury. Instead, you’ll need to be honest with your doctor, which means you shouldn’t downplay the severity of your symptoms, either. Being honest about your condition can help you get the benefits approval you need.

Lies About Prior Injuries

If you have a preexisting injury, you might be concerned about getting compensated for your new injury. For example, you might have already had back problems, but after your work accident, your injury worsened, leaving you unable to work. Because many people worry about a preexisting injury affecting their claim, they may be tempted to lie and say they didn’t have a previous injury.

Unfortunately, this can hurt your claim, too. Your doctor can easily find out about your previous accident, especially if they have access to your medical records. If they know you lied about your past injury, they may instead assume that this is the same condition, not a condition worsened by your work accident. Because of this, it’s important to be honest about your medical history.

Protect Your Claim with an Iowa Work Comp Attorney

When you’re facing a possible workers comp denial, you’ll need to act appropriately to protect your claim. That means knowing what to say and what not to say to your workers’ comp doctor when you’re preparing for your examination.

Fortunately, a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can answer your questions about your workers’ compensation and your medical exam. Starting with a free consultation, you can get the answers you need from an attorney before beginning the work comp claims process.

If you’re worried about your medical exam and have some questions or concerns, reach out to your lawyer today. Our attorneys can be reached by calling 319-754-6400 or by filling out the online form below.