What happens during a workers’ compensation examination?
First, you’ll be asked to explain the conditions and accident that caused the injury. Be as detailed as possible, and don’t leave out any factors or descriptions as they can be very important in determining your immediate and long-term treatment needs. Next, you’ll be examined and your injury will be assessed. You may be asked to have an x-ray or other tests to gain a complete picture of your injury. Based on that information, a rehabilitation plan will be developed to help you recover and return to your duties at work. In addition to providing you with treatment, your doctor will complete the correct forms for your claim.
What does the doctor check for during a worker’s comp exam?
The doctor will review a variety of details during the exam. While the doctor asks questions about medical history, the accident, and current health conditions, they will also make observations. The doctor considers the patient’s general appearance including mobility, signs of distress, weight, and hygiene. He will also look for signs of the injury and may use imaging tools like MRIs, x-rays, CT scans and EMG studies. The doctor will also perform tests on the patient’s indications of pain or sensitivity including asking the patient to move and report on any discomfort. Some helpful tips to remember if you are injured at work include:
- You have the right to pick your treating physician
- You must notify your supervisor before seeking treatment – fill out CA-16
- Complete a CA-1 or CA-2 form ONLY after speaking with your doctor
- Only an MD or DO can be your treating physician
- Keep all of your documentation
Why is a medical exam needed?
When a worker’s compensation claim is submitted, the insurance company needs to consider many factors and an independent review of the claimant’s health and injury is part of that package. These exams are ordered to ensure that all of the facts about the injury are reviewed and to prevent fraud. The doctor provides an unbiased assessment of the injury.