What you tell your doctor regarding your injuries and disability is very important to your work injury and Social Security cases.
It must be found in the medical records or the Judge and Arbitrator will ignore you and it will possibly cause you to lose your case.
For instance, make sure to tell your doctor at each visit the following:
what body parts are bothering you;
the level of your pain at each visit;
your limitations, such as it is difficult to walk, reach, handle and finger, lift, sit, stand;
unusual conditions such as swelling, numbness, or problems concentrating;
what you must do to address your pain and problems, such as elevate your legs, use a cane, use heat and ice;
ask for a prescription for a cane if necessary, or a disability parking permit (make a copy for yourself of any prescriptions or papers);
tell the doctor if you are having any medication side effects involving fatigue, sleepiness, concentration and focus issues.
Following these steps will make your medical records more complete and support your testimony at your trial.
Questions about your work injury or Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.