When you have been in a workplace accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Depending on where you live, you could be taken to a doctor preselected by yourself or your employer. For most people, they will see a doctor that has been chosen by their employer and who is in-network with their insurance company.
The doctor will have a lot to ask you about your accident, injury, and preexisting conditions. Should you openly share everything with them? As a general rule, you should not skimp on the details because documenting the extent of your injury could take plenty of information. But there are things you shouldn’t say to a workers’ compensation doctor – ever.
Three things to never tell your workers’ comp doctor include:
- Exaggerations: Never tell your workers’ compensation doctor – during an initial medical examination or any follow-up appointments – anything that is an exaggeration. Be honest about the extent of your symptoms. If the pain you are feeling matches a 7 on the pain scale, then say a 7. Don’t say a 10 just to make a point. If the doctor catches on that you are exaggerating symptoms, then they might stop believing that any of your symptoms are genuine.
- Fabrications: Just as you should never exaggerate anything about your injury, you should also never tell a flat-out lie. Fabricating the truth of your case is only going to complicate things at best. At worst, you could be charged with insurance fraud. Honesty is the best policy, especially in any sort of legal matter.
- Frustrations: You are probably pretty upset with your employer for allowing the workspace condition that caused your injury. But don’t tell your doctor that. Your doctor will have to share their reports with your employer for transparency. If you complain about your employer the entire time, then it might end up in their notes, and your boss won’t be happy. Your employer can fire you for talking poorly about the company without any legal consequence. But you should still be eligible to receive workers’ compensation if you do get terminated.
For questions about what to say and not say to a workers’ comp doctor in Kentucky, let Kentucky Injury Law Center be your legal guide. We help clients throughout the state. Contact our firm today.