A Common Workers’ Compensation Mistake: Failure to Inform Your Doctor the Effect of Your Injury on Your Work

February 14, 2012 by Jim Higgins

procedure must be followed in order for them to file a Tennessee Workers’ Compensation claim and in order for them to be able to receive this compensation. However, there are many mistakes several employees make during the process of their lawsuit or even before their lawsuit that make proving the injury to a judge difficult. I have discussed several of these common mistakes in my previous blog posts and another one I see often is that people will fail to inform their doctor about how their work-related injury actually affects their ability to work.

Many clients may feel that if they were injured while at work than the fact that this injury affects their work would be obvious, however, just because you may know that your injury affects your work, this does not mean that your insurance company or a judge will know it. This is why it is very important to tell your doctor about your pain and how it affects your work so that it can be documented in medical records. This way a judge and insurance company can have substantial proof of just how much this job injury has affected your ability to work. It is also a good idea to document your pain and problems in a journal so that you do not forget to mention it to your doctor when you go for your appointments.

If you or someone you know has been injured while on the job, then we strongly encourage you to contact one of our experienced and caring Tennessee Workers’ Compensation attorneys immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to answer any questions you may have and to help you get the compensation you need.

Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.