You’ve been injured at work, notified your employer and filed a workers’ compensation claim. You’ve received notice that you must submit to a physical examination by a doctor chosen by the workers’ compensation insurance company or by your employer. What’s the best strategy for how to handle this exam?
First and foremost, it’s important to be as honest as possible. Don’t exaggerate or minimize the impact of the injury. Be specific about what limitations the injury places on you. If you are still able to perform many of the daily tasks in your life, admit that. If you overstate the impact of your injury and the workers’ compensation insurance company sends out a private investigator who videotapes you doing things you said you couldn’t do, your claim will likely be completely rejected.