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Should I See a Doctor After an On-the-Job Accident?


Whether you tripped and fell at work, or you were hit by a falling object at a construction site, it is always a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor. Many people wait or don’t see a doctor at all, thinking they are fine. When reality hits and they need compensation for an injury, their claim may be denied because they failed to receive medical attention. Thus, even if you don’t feel severe pain, you should always seek medical attention after a workplace incident.

Seeing a Doctor Can Help Ensure You Don’t Have Underlying Injuries

Some injuries, such as muscle or ligament strains, sprains, and other soft tissue damage, may not show symptoms for a while after the initial trauma. This means you could feel fine after an accident, only to suffer pain and stiffness days or even weeks later. By seeing your doctor, you can receive a thorough examination to determine if you have underlying soft tissue injuries.

Some more serious injuries may also not exhibit symptoms right away. These include whiplash, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries. It is important to see your doctor as soon as possible after an accident to ensure you aren’t suffering from serious injuries that could become worse over time.

Seeing a Doctor Can Provide Evidence for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

After you are injured in an accident at work, the first thing to do is notify your employer. The second thing you should do is seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think you are fine. By seeing your doctor, you can not only receive treatment for any underlying injuries, but you can also gather evidence to prove that your injury was caused by your workplace accident.

If you delay or fail to see your doctor after an accident, your workers’ compensation claim may be disputed or denied. It will be difficult to prove that your injuries occurred at work, and that they are as bad as you say they are. By having a copy of your medical records, you can show the extent and causation of your injuries, which will help you receive compensation from your employer’s insurance company.

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With more than 30 years of collective legal experience, the Law Offices of Wax & Wax provides efficient representation on behalf of injured workers. We have a detailed and up-to-date knowledge of the California workers’ comp system. If you have been injured at work, our Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers will fight diligently on your behalf. We will handle the legal issues and paperwork so you can focus on healing and moving forward.

Contact our team today to request a free initial case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Glendale and the Los Angeles area, including Burbank, Pasadena, and Santa Clarita.

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