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Why might your doctor pressure you to return to work early?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Many people deal with injuries they get on the job in California. If you are one of them, seeking workers’ compensation is your right.

However, sometimes the doctors involved may not have your best interests at heart.

1. Financial pressure

Doctors in the workers’ compensation system may face financial incentives to get injured workers back on the job as quickly as possible. Some employers or insurance companies may pressure these doctors to minimize costs by reducing the amount of time injured workers spend off work. This financial pressure can influence a doctor’s recommendation to return to work prematurely.

2. Lack of understanding

Not all doctors understand the complexities of workers’ compensation laws and regulations. Some may not fully grasp the extent of your injury or the requirements for proper recovery. Without this understanding, they may underestimate the severity of your condition. They might mistakenly advise you to return to work before your injuries fully heal.

3. Incomplete medical information

In some cases, doctors may not have access to all the necessary medical information to make an informed decision about your ability to return to work. This could happen if medical records are incomplete or if a lack of communication between health care providers occurs. Without a comprehensive understanding, doctors could recommend returning to work prematurely.

4. Limited treatment options

Some doctors might recommend returning to work because they believe that further treatment options would be ineffective. They may believe that returning to work with modified duties is the best course of action. However, this approach can exacerbate your injury and prolong your recovery.

If you feel that a doctor is pressuring you to return to work before a full recovery, advocate for yourself. Seek a second opinion if necessary.

Your health and well-being should always be the top priority. You have the right to receive proper medical care and compensation for your workplace injury.