Yes. You need to follow your doctor’s orders.
It is very important that you follow your doctor’s orders. If your doctor takes you off of work or instructs you to only work light duty, do not overexert yourself and push yourself farther than you should. First of all, it is important that your injuries heal properly. Many injured workers are concerned about their loss of income and want to get back to work as soon as possible, but if you don’t take the time to heal properly, you may have serious, long-term health consequences. It is not worth it to go back to work before you’re ready and possibly injure yourself to the point where you can never earn what you did prior to your injury.
Also, your doctor will take detailed notes about how you behave during your treatment. If you do not participate in recommended treatment or you do not follow your doctor’s instructions, the insurance company will see all of that when they review your doctor’s records. The insurance company can claim that you weren’t really that hurt, or you would have taken part in all of the treatment that your doctor recommended. This will hurt the value of your workers’ compensation claim.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
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