Hurt on the job? You may be able to get treatment for your workplace injury without even leaving your home.
Telemedicine, which allows patients to swap in-person doctors' visits for virtual evaluations by webcam or phone, is both popular and widely available. It can be particularly useful in workers' comp cases, making it possible for employees to quickly get a second opinion of an injury or treatment, as well as easier and more convenient to receive follow-up appointments and care.
However, if telemedicine is new to you, the idea of relying on technology to have a virtual visit with your doctor can be foreign or even a little intimidating. You may wonder what to expect or how to make sure the care you receive during your online appointment is on par with an in-office visit.
Fortunately, you don't have to approach an upcoming telemedicine appointment with trepidation. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure you're making the most out of a virtual visit for your workplace injury.
- Keep a symptom diary. Use it to record your symptoms, when they occur, and what—if anything—seems to aggravate or relieve them. These details provide your doctor with important information about your injury and help them determine proper treatment.
- Make a list of your questions and concerns. Doctors' visits can be overwhelming, and it's easy to forget something you wanted to discuss. Having a list of issues to address and questions to ask ensures nothing falls through the cracks.
- Decide where the virtual visit should take place. Choose a quiet location with decent lighting so you can hear one another and the doctor can view any visible injuries. Photos of the injuries, or photos documenting changes to the injuries, can also be helpful.
- Test your equipment. Make sure your computer or phone is charged, and that your camera and microphone are working before your appointment starts.
Consult an Experienced Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney
Injured on the job and need help ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve? The skilled workers' comp attorneys with Rechtman & Spevak can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.