Fixing misconceptions

There’s a perception in worker’s comp claims, for example, that the employer holds all the power. That’s not true on a number of different levels. If they fire you, you now have two possible claims against them: employment and worker’s compensation.

Another misconception is that you have to accept what the doctor or what one doctor’s recommendation is, and that’s far from the truth. Even if your employer drives you to their preferred doctor, and even if you like your initial visit, and you feel a little bit better immediately, you have the right to go to your own doctor.

The first work comp case I ever had was a gal who was hurt at work, small town, and they sent her to doctors, who said she was fine. No one ever got an opinion from her own doctor. When she came to me, the first thing we did was find out who her doctor was, and what that doctor’s opinion was of her case. Turns out she said she had permanent injuries. It didn’t change the fact that she was injured, severely, but she did get relief from funds to help with those medical costs and disability.