One question that many people have when they receive Connecticut workers' compensation benefits is whether they need to continue going to the doctor after they have already received their benefits. In most instances, the answer is yes. You need to keep seeing your doctor, as scheduled, up until the point you attain maximum medical improvement. If you are injured, yet you are not getting the recommended treatment, it is very likely the insurance company will file a Form 36 to discontinue your benefits. In my experience, if you are not going to the doctor as scheduled, the Connecticut workers compensation judge will approve the Form 36 and your benefits will stop. This is not a good situation for you to be in.
If your injury is considered temporary, you may be required to have a visit with your doctor every 90 days, at minimum. It is important to be aware that there are only certain medical professionals that you can see when you go for your doctor's visits. For example, you are not permitted to go see a physical therapist for check ups regarding your workers' compensation benefits. We will work to get you an experienced Connecticut doctor that knows the workers comp system. This is crucial to both your care and your case. You need to see the WC approved doctor we will arrange for you to see. In most instances, seeing your primary care doctor is of no value to you in your workers comp case.
When you go in for your doctor's appointment, it is important to make sure that you have the doctor complete a work status form which indicates whether you are totally disabled, or have certain restrictions. If you do not have this form, contact my office and we will get you one for free. It is vital that the doctor indicate your work capabilities after each and every appointment in order for us to get you your appropriate benefit or instruct you on the next steps.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is essential that you consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can determine if you have a valid case and guide you through the process. If successful, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
The Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C. is an experienced Workers' Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Farmington, Connecticut. If you have a serious Connecticut work injury, you need a serious Connecticut work injury lawyer. Call us today to a schedule a free consultation.