If you were injured on the job, it’s never a good idea to put off medical care. Some traumatic injuries can be hidden for days, so delaying medical care can significantly impact your health.
If you are injured in the workplace, you do not have to worry about paying for your medical care. Workers’ Compensation insurance will cover your treatment. Worker’s comp coverage is mandatory in New York for all employers. Just keep in mind that you have to choose a neurologist who accepts worker’s compensation insurance for your care to be covered.
In addition to your initial medical care, workers’ compensation also covers ongoing care, lost wages, and disability benefits, as well as funeral costs, when applicable.
Not only do you want to ensure you choose a neurologist that accepts workers’ compensation insurance, but you should also make sure that your chosen doctor is an NYS WCB board authorized physician. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (NYS WCB) is the organization that certifies doctors to provide approved treatment to injured workers.
If you choose a doctor not authorized by the NYS WCB, the insurance carrier can refuse to cover your medical bills.
Additionally, opting to consult with authorized workers’ compensation neurologists ensures that they are familiar with the processes you need to follow. They will know about the documentation you will need to provide to file your claim.
The most obvious way a doctor can help you after a work accident is to help you spot any injuries and then treat them. This is more important than you may realize since not all injuries appear right away. Some may be hidden for days or weeks. However, an experienced neurologist can find the injuries well before symptoms appear, reducing your pain and suffering. They will then create a treatment plan based on your medical history, injuries, and goals.
In addition to treating your injuries, a neurologist also plays an essential role in filing your workers’ compensation claim. They provide the documentation that shows your injuries were related to a work-related incident, document the treatment required, and explain how the injuries may affect your quality of life.