Do Injured Workers With Attorneys Get Better Medical Care?
The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm represent both injured workers and workers who have developed occupational diseases due to their employment. In both instances, they have seen many examples of improved medical care once they worker hires an attorney to get on board. How is this possible when all North Carolina doctors are required to be licensed? Consider the following:
- Fast care is best
No matter which doctor you pick, at which practice, and in which specialty, timing is key. In many occupational diseases and injuries by accident, immediate or prompt care can mean the difference between a full recovery and a lifetime of disability. When a workers’ compensation attorney hops on board early in the process, the attorney can address any unnecessary insurance delays or denials.
In many cases, an early diagnosis means quicker resolution of a problem. Examples of this scenario commonly seen among North Carolina workers’ compensation cases:
- Early participation in physical therapy for back or neck pain may help to avoid future surgery
- Prompt tendon repair of small rupture or tear can help avoid a later joint replacement
- Early detection of occupational disease can identify environmental triggers and slow the disease progression
- Quick diagnosis and treatment of joint damage can decrease the risk of chronic conditions like arthritis
No matter the symptoms, in most cases doctors agree that prompt treatment is best. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you get the medical tests and treatment sooner, rather than later.
- Second opinions vary
In admitted workers’ compensation cases, the insurer usually gets to select the treating doctor. But when it comes to second opinions, experienced workers’ compensation attorneys like those at Ricci Law Firm know the reputations of the North Carolina doctors you may encounter. The choice of a second opinion doctor is crucial, because second opinions vary so significantly from doctor to doctor that treatment may be transferred to the second opinion doctor in some cases.
Because of their vast experience working with sick and injured workers across North Carolina, the attorneys at Ricci Law Firm know which doctors tend to have more patients with successful outcomes, and maybe more importantly, which doctors may be best to avoid.
- Nurse case management speeds recovery
In the good old days, one doctor handled just about everything for a sick or injured patient. Nowadays, patients often must determine for themselves when and which type of doctor to see for their various symptoms. In many cases, the specialist doctors do not even know about the other medical testing and treatment, and vice versa. This confusion and lack of communication may delay recovery or even prevent correct diagnoses.
The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm know that workers’ compensation patients in admitted cases are entitled to nurse case management to oversee their care. They or their specially-trained staff regularly work with licensed North Carolina case managers, communicate with them, and review their reports. In many cases, the involvement of a nurse, with attorney oversight, helps the sick or injured worker keep up with appointments, seek the correct specialist, and stay informed as to their medical progress. Case management also may speed up insurance approval of medical testing, appointments, surgeries, and other necessary care.
It is impossible to know for sure whether hiring a workers’ compensation attorney translates to a quicker recovery. But considering the above information, why not have an experienced attorney at Ricci Law Firm look at your case? What the attorney finds may just surprise you.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyer serving Greenville and Raleigh
I’m Brian Ricci, a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Greenville and Raleigh. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work, please call me at (252) 752-7785 or 800-387-6406 for free, friendly advice.
I am a longtime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Founder of the leading personal injury website: http://www.riccilawnc.com/personal-injury/