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The Importance of Treating Doctors

I tell my clients that having a good doctor is one of the most important aspects of their workers’ compensation case. Without the support of their treating physician the attorney and the client will have an uphill battle. The insurance carriers select the same and few doctors to do independent medical exams to close an injured workers case or limit the scope of their injury. An injured worker’s doctor must be able to articulate in court why his opinions and treatment recommendations are reasonable and medically necessary. If the treating physician is not familiar with several aspects of the workers’ compensation process or is not responsive to the injured workers’ attorney, the injured worker will have difficulty obtaining the medical treatment being recommended.