There’s no doubt, life has dramatically changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Businesses have been forced to change the way that they operate, some restaurants are relying solely on take-out and curbside service, there’s now a limit on the number people allowed to grocery shop at one time, and doctors are now evaluating patients using “Telehealth.”

If you’ve been injured on the job, and are seeking restitution for missed work and mounting medical bills, it is vital to have your injury and treatment diagnosed. Most medical practices have adapted to COVID restrictions by offering Telehealth appointments. Using your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or computer, you and your doctor can see each other just as if you would in a face-to-face appointment. You explain how your injury happened, what your symptoms are, and any medical treatment that you have received for your work injury.

How can a doctor diagnose me through Tele-health?

The doctor is unable to physically touch you, but he/she can still conduct an examination. For example, if you’ve injured your back, the doctor might ask you to walk a few steps to watch for a limp, touch your toes to gauge your range of motion or lift your legs while sitting to see if you feel pain in your back or legs. Although the doctor can’t test your reflexes, he/she can still gain valuable information from this modified exam.

Your doctor may provide you with treatment recommendations, which could include physical therapy, medications, or order a more thorough diagnostic, like an MRI. Most medical facilities have remained open during this pandemic and have continued to operate on a modified schedule to allow for the proper precautions to be taken. Staff members wear masks and gloves, wipe down equipment, and enforce social distancing.

How important is it that I see a physician after an injury?

If you injure yourself at work, the Industrial Commission of Ohio will give great weight to the reports of your doctors and the results of your diagnostic studies when determining whether to accept or deny your claim. If your claim is denied, a lawyer can file a petition on your behalf which will be heard by a workers’ compensation judge. An Industrial Commission Hearing Officer then carefully considers what conditions your doctor’s diagnosed and referenced studies. So, if your doctor orders an MRI and it shows herniated discs at two levels of your spine, there is a much better chance that they will conclude that you are truly disabled and therefore are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Here at Marchese Law, we can help you file to fight your denial. SInce 1985, defending the rights of Ohio workers is all we do. The business restrictions of the pandemic have added another layer of complexity. We fight the BWC on your behalf to get you paid. If you sustained an injury at work, call us.

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