Choose Carefully, Go Outside the Company, Don't Take an Employer's Suggestion, and Get Specific Treatment
The doctor you see after a Jones Act injury can greatly affect the outcome of your case. The doctor you choose to treat you will document the extent of your injury, directly influencing your temporary total disability payments while you are unable to work. You must be honest with your doctor and report all of your injury symptoms, and make sure your concerns are noted in your medical record.
Here are a few guidelines for choosing the right treating physician for a Jones Act injury:
- Choose carefully. You have the right to choose whatever doctor you like for your injury. However, you cannot change doctors once you have chosen (unless you require a specialist), so do your research carefully before making your choice.
- Go outside the company. Your employer may request that you be examined by the company doctor. This physician may examine you, but should not be entrusted to treat you throughout your recovery.
- Don’t take an employer’s suggestion. Your doctor should be someone completely outside the company’s influence. Just as you should avoid treatment by the company doctor, you should avoid any doctor recommended by your employer.
- Get specific. You may like your family doctor, but that doesn’t mean he has adequate experience treating an orthopedic injury or extensive spinal trauma. The doctor you choose should be knowledgeable about your type of injury, giving you a realistic timeline and expectations for your recovery.
What Else Can Hurt My Jones Act Injury Case?
It is important to remember that your employer is not your friend while you recover from a Jones Act accident. The company you work for will be gathering evidence against you to deny or lessen the amount of your claim, so you should never discuss your injury or recovery with anyone unless your attorney is present. For more information, click the links on this page or browse through our articles on Jones Act benefits.
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure you do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating, no B.S. lawyer talk, and no double talk-just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” -Bill Turley
Nothing is more important than your credibility to the judge then telling the truth. Do not sugar coat anything. You must be brutally honest when handling your Jones Act Case. A judge will throw out your case before you know it if he believes you are lying. Trust me, I have seen it time and time again.
No matter what, always tell the truth.
When handling your Jones Act Case, you need to do the proper research and take the proper steps. What forms you fill out, how to present your case and much more important information is included in my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [Even Before you Hire a Lawyer]