On The Job Injury Lawyer
Getting injured at your place of work can be disruptive and can mean you may not be able to come back to work until you have healed and get the paycheck you need to provide for your family. You might be ready to get whatever medical treatment is necessary to get you back on your feet and you may also be looking into alternative treatments to get you feeling better. While there is nothing wrong with pursuing alternative treatments when you are not feeling well, it is important to understand if this kind of treatment would be covered under your workers’ compensation claim. If you successfully file a workers’ compensation claim, this means that you can get coverage for things like lost wages and the medical bills you accrue specific to your injuries.
How does alternative treatment factor in?
Whether you simply like to try different treatments to see what works or you prefer treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic care to a traditional doctor, it is important to understand what your workers’ compensation claim may cover. When you see a medical doctor, they will be able to assess you, determine what your exact injury is, and provide you with a treatment plan that will work for you. They can also determine whether you will be able to return to work on light duty and when you can come back fully.
With alternative medicine, there is no national standard regarding the treatment you will be given. While some states will allow you to pursue alternative treatment in some way or you may be able to fight for a specific treatment, you should not assume that you can only get alternative treatment without confirmation. It is crucial that you speak with a trusted Long Island on the job injury lawyer, like one from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.
If I can’t get alternative treatment, what should I do following my accident?
If you know that the treatment you want to get will not be covered under workers’ compensation insurance, it is important to seek help from a medical professional who can give you a proper examination and treatment plan. Depending on the type of injury you sustained at work, you may need ongoing physical therapy or your injury could be so severe that you cannot return to your job and need to consider short- or long-term disability.
What if I have a lot of questions regarding my claim?
It is important to begin working with a lawyer as soon as you become injured. They can help guide you through your workers’ comp claim to show you what paperwork needs to be filed and what other documents you need to submit. They can also discuss the types of treatments you are looking at and best guide you as to which should be covered and which would not.
Knowing that you may not be able to go back to work for days, weeks, or months can be scary. You know you need to get your paycheck so you can pay your bills and put food on the table. When you are ready to move forward and speak with a lawyer, call your local firm today.