Navigating the medical world can be tricky enough in normal situations. But it can become even more confusing when you’ve sustained an injury in the workplace. Fortunately, a bit of preparation and organization can make the entire process easier.
As an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Jared Tadje has performed numerous workers’ compensation consultations at his private practice in Meridian, Idaho. In this blog, he offers three important ways to help you prepare for your appointment at Tadje Orthopaedics.
Have all your personal details ready
You probably know you should arrive on time and bring your insurance card to a doctor’s appointment. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when going in for a workers’ compensation appointment.
In addition to your insurance information, we also recommends bringing:
- A list of your health care providers
- A list of medications (prescription and over-the-counter) that you take
- The name of your workers’ compensation insurance company
- Names and contact information for your employer and insurance claims adjuster
Once you collect all of this information, you can stay ahead of the game by keeping it all together in a folder. That way, everything you need is in one place and always within reach.
Document the injury and your symptoms
During your workers’ compensation appointment, plan to give an overview of your medical history to date. Then give us a detailed and accurate description of how you sustained your injury, when it took place, and which part of your body it involves.
Share as many details as possible, especially about symptoms you may have and whether they’re persistent, improving, or worsening.
When in doubt, write all of this information down in advance so nothing gets overlooked.
Make a list of questions
After a comprehensive exam, we talk through your prognosis and treatment options.
We also know it’s easy to forget things as soon as you’re in an exam room with a doctor. That’s why we suggest making a list of questions or concerns you may have in advance and bringing it along to reference during your appointment.
Examples of topics you might discuss include:
- Recommended treatment strategies, especially less invasive options
- If you require prescriptions, referrals, or activity restrictions
- Estimated recovery times
- When you can return to work, with or without restrictions
- The long-term prognosis for your injury, like the possibility of permanent impairment, chronic pain, or arthritis
- Whether you could benefit from physical therapy or vocational rehabilitation
- If the office can send details about your visit to your adjuster
Last but not least, you can ask for written details about your visit. This is vital for two reasons. First, so you can follow Dr. Tadje’s treatment recommendations accurately. And second, so you can add it to your folder of personal data.
Do you have a workplace injury? Learn more about a workers’ compensation appointment by contacting Tadje Orthopaedics in Meridian, Idaho, today.