After having sustained an injury at work, you may just want to get to the comfort of your own home to rest and recover, especially if your injuries do not seem very serious at first.
Seeking immediate medical attention is, however, a very important step to take after a workplace accident if you plan to seek compensation for your losses. If you plan to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to be able to connect your injuries to the workplace accident, regardless of severity. Your medical records may then serve as important evidence.
As a claimant, you have the responsibility to take all reasonable steps to mitigate your damages. You also have the right for an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney to represent you and help your minor work injury claim succeed. Contact us at Moebes Law for our assistance in keeping your case on-track, regardless of your injury’s severity.
Why Get Medical Care for a Minor Work Injury?
Below are important reasons to seek immediate medical care after a small workplace accident:
Prevent your condition from worsening
You never truly know the extent of your injuries unless you undergo a thorough medical examination after being involved in a workplace accident. The doctor may, for example, need to make use of diagnostic imaging to determine the severity of your injuries.
Some serious conditions may initially present only minor or latent symptoms. For example, you may just be experiencing a slight headache, not knowing that you have a serious concussion. These symptoms, if they go untreated, may progress into more serious long-lasting complications which will lead to increased medical expenses. This could also lead to disputes against your claim’s validity and a reduction in your benefits.
It is, therefore, in your best interest to immediately visit a doctor after leaving the scene of the accident. This may also help your attorney to connect your injuries to the workplace accident and strengthen your claim.
Help to mitigate disputes from the insurer
Seeking immediate medical care is not only important to your health and recovery but may also help to mitigate disputes against your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If your injuries worsen because you failed to seek medical treatment in time, the insurance company may argue that you did not do your duty to mitigate damages and that your negligence has contributed to your losses. This may result in a significantly reduced reward.
Insurance companies will likely request medical records
When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you will need to provide evidence of the damages you have incurred. Your medical records will form a vital part of this evidence and will detail the severity of your injuries, the treatments that you have undergone, the medications prescribed to you, any future treatment that you may require, and the medical expenses involved.
This can help your attorney advocate for a fair settlement that will cover all of the unexpected expenses you have had to face as a result of the workplace accident.
Determine if future medical treatment will be required
If your condition proves to be more permanent, you may require further treatment in the future. These future medical expenses can then also be included as part of your workers’ compensation claim.
Make an Appointment with a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Georgia
Call us today at Moebes Law to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly skilled Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers. We would love the opportunity to sit down with you to discuss your unique case and to provide you with our expert legal guidance.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process and learn what common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim for workers’ compensation. We will devise a strategy together on how to best fight for the full workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. We can be reached at 404-941-7666 or via our online contact form.