¿Tengo que recibir tratamiento médico del médico de la empresa (para compensación laboral)?

tratamiento médico de compensación de trabajadores

Si se lesiona en el trabajo, ciertamente tiene derecho a recibir tratamiento médico. Obtener la atención médica adecuada no solo es importante para su salud y recuperación, sino también para maximizar su compensación de trabajadores benefits and making sure that you’re properly compensated for your injuries.

Louisiana allows an injured worker to select his or her choice of physician in each medical specialty, like orthopedics. However, the worker’s comp insurance company has the right to send the injured worker for a second medical opinion in each specialty. If the injured worker likes the company’s physician better, he or she can switch to that physician.

¿Cuándo debe buscar tratamiento?

With any type of work-related injury, even injuries that seem minor, you should still seek treatment right away to evaluate the extent of any injuries. This means seeing a doctor immediately following a work-related accident, or at the first sign of any symptoms that might be due to your work duties.

Being treated soon after you’ve been injured serves two important purposes. First, early treatment makes it more likely that you’ll recover from your injuries faster. Second, the closer in time to your accident that you receive treatment, the less room it gives your employer (or its insurance company) to argue that your injuries are not work-related.

No matter what you end up deciding, you should resist the urge to “tough it out,” or to downplay the seriousness of your injuries. This could delay or impede your overall recovery, and it could even affect the scope of the medical treatment that will be authorized by workers’ comp, up to and including the amount of benefits that you ultimately receive. Don’t take unnecessary risks when it comes to your health — there is nothing more important.

¿Dónde debo ir para recibir tratamiento médico?

If you need immediate medical attention, you should go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Louisiana gives the employee the right to choose the doctor who will treat you for your injuries, while other states may give the employer that right.

Although doctors hired by employers (or their insurance companies) are supposed to be objective, the same physicians are often hired again and again by the insurance companies. Because of this, it’s in your best interest to receive treatment from a doctor that you know and can trust. Whenever possible, it is recommended that you choose your own treating physician.
Make sure to choose a doctor who is both experienced and articulate. Treating physicians are often called upon to provide written reports or even oral testimony, so it’s important that your doctor can clearly and convincingly explain the reasons behind his or her decisions regarding your care.

¿Qué papel juega su médico de compensación laboral?

El médico que termine tratándolo jugará un papel esencial en su caso de compensación laboral. Su médico tratante tomará decisiones importantes sobre su atención, que incluyen:

  • si sus lesiones están relacionadas con el trabajo
  • la naturaleza y el alcance del tratamiento que recibe
  • cuánto tiempo libre del trabajo necesita, o si necesita tareas livianas
  • cuando haya alcanzado la "mejora médica máxima", y
  • la medida en que usted tiene alguna discapacidad permanente.

These decisions will have a large impact on what treatment you receive and what benefits you are entitled to. For example, if your doctor says you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, this means that your condition has reached the point where further medical treatment isn’t helpful. It could also mean that you’re no longer entitled to temporary disability benefits.

In addition, the degree of permanent disability your doctor believes you have could dictate the amount of benefits you receive.

¿Qué sucede si mi médico y el médico de mi empresa están emitiendo diferentes informes médicos?

Si surge alguna disputa en cuanto a la condición del empleado, cualquiera de las partes puede presentar un formulario de solicitud de examen médico independiente. Luego se programará un examen médico con un médico seleccionado por el Director de la Oficina de Administración de Compensación para Trabajadores (OWCA). El médico forense independiente tiene 30 días a partir de la fecha del examen para emitir un informe. No se puede contactar a la oficina del médico forense independiente por ningún motivo, excepto para establecer una deposición. Ninguna cita puede ser cambiada excepto por OWCA.

Obtenga ayuda de compensación para trabajadores hoy

Los reclamos de compensación para trabajadores pueden ser muy difíciles de navegar, especialmente si su empleador está impugnando alguna parte de su reclamo. Obtener la ayuda de un abogado con experiencia en compensación de trabajadores puede ser invaluable para asegurarse de que reciba una compensación total por su tratamiento médico o pérdida de salario. Para consultar con un abogado con experiencia en compensación de trabajadores en Shreveport, contacto our office today at Fischer & Procell.

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