You will almost certainly be requested to participate in a medical assessment if you have a workers' compensation claim. In most circumstances, this is a mandate rather than a request. We encourage that you speak with an attorney before agreeing to do so.
An attorney can analyze the request and guarantee that it is in your best interests. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to get started. Continue reading to learn the most important things you should know before proceeding.
This is not a private consultation
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, states that every medical interaction you have with a doctor is confidential and cannot be shared without your permission. However, HIPAA does not apply to all medical exams. HIPAA does not apply to medical examinations for workers' compensation.
In reality, the doctor's role in this circumstance is to submit the results of your checkup to the insurance company. Anything you tell them, as well as the results of any tests and the doctor's opinion, will be included.
You'll be asked whether you have any pre-existing conditions
They'll inquire about any pre-existing ailments you may have. They might want to know how your injury differs from your past symptoms. They may inquire as to whether the damage was made worse by the accident for which you are now litigating. They'll almost certainly ask for proof of your past injuries. Before you do anything, consult with an attorney. Yes, you must speak with them about pre-existing problems, but you must also know what to say and what not to say.
You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you
You have the right to bring someone with you to the appointment. This may be a challenging and nerve-wracking situation. You could forget what you intended to ask or what you were going to say (or not say). Bring in a third party who is simply there to help you. They can observe the exam, take notes, and testify in the event that something that happens during the exam is later brought into question.
Before you go, you should consult with an attorney
Yes, you must attend this appointment, but you must first speak with a personal injury attorney. Keep in mind that whatever you say or reveal might be used against you. When taken out of context, even seemingly harmless information might be exploited against you. Consult an attorney ahead of time to learn about the frequent pitfalls to avoid.
In fact, you may get a free legal consultation right now by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.