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What Not to Say to a Workers' Compensation Doctor


After sustaining an injury while performing your work duties, you will need to begin the process of filing your claim as soon as possible to ensure you are able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. As part of the process, you might be required to undergo an independent medical examination with a doctor chosen by the insurance company that represents your employer. These exams can be intimidating, so it is important to understand what not to say you attend your appointment.

Below is a list of things you should avoid saying to a workers’ compensation doctor during your independent medical examination:

  • Do not ask to be diagnosed: Keep in mind that the workers’ compensation doctor’s job is to simply assess the extent of your injury and to make a report to the employer’s insurance company. You also have the right to see your own doctor and ask more questions regarding your injuries, but you cannot refuse an independent medical examination.
  • Do not try to make your symptoms appear worse: You might think that reporting more severe symptoms could result in a favorable assessment of your disability or injury, but doing so will only reduce your credibility and, in all likelihood, hurt your case as it continues to progress. Always be honest with your answers.
  • Do not overshare information: After answering the doctor’s question, refrain from elaborating any further. Even if they seem compassionate and understanding, remember that the workers’ compensation doctor is hired by your employer's insurance company and your interests are not aligned.

What should you say during your independent medical examination? Only state the facts. The workers’ compensation doctor will not give you much time, so be confident and comfortable when speaking about your injury, your medical treatment, and how it has impacted your ability to perform your job duties. It might even be helpful to write this information down for a quick reference while you are in the examination room.

Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Orange County

After sustaining a workplace injury or illness, it is imperative that you begin the workers’ compensation claims process to ensure you are able to receive these important benefits. At Alvandi Law Group, P.C. in Orange County, our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to fighting on behalf of injured workers and will do what is necessary to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.

Reach out to our law firm today at (800) 980-6905 to request a free initial case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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