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Should I tell my doctor I got hurt at work?


When a person seeks medical care for an injury at work, it is essential to remember that doctors are attempting to treat your injury. A doctor cannot help you if you do not speak to them about symptoms you are feeling and how they affect your life. Many Mississippians may be concerned that the accident was their fault or scared to bring up that they got hurt at work, but this only hinders their case later because having well-documented medical records to support a workers’ compensation claim can drastically impact the value of the case.

By timely seeking medical attention after an injury, a person can lock in a doctor’s opinion of that date and time concerning their medical status. This allows a claims adjuster that is later looking at this person’s file for the first time to see that they have sought medical treatment for specific injuries related to the original work accident. A third party confirms what has happened, which means the insurance company is less likely to deny your claim.

Pain and suffering benefits are not recoverable in a Mississippi workers’ compensation case, but medical records and sufficiently describing your injuries to your medical providers are crucial parts of the workers’ compensation claims process. Without accurately and adequately telling what you are going through, the doctor will have difficulty writing medical records and giving opinions to support your claim. Mississippians who are hurt at work must be candid with their treating physicians about what they are experiencing.

If you or a loved one have questions about whether your work injury falls under the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. is here to help. Contact us at 601-948-8005 today for your workman’s compensation needs. Consultation is free. Everything is confidential. There is no obligation. We have a team of lawyers and staff ready to guide you through this process and ensure your rights are protected.

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