If you have suffered an injury on the job, it may require that you visit a radiologist to get x-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds for proper diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, many injured workers will not visit the radiologist as scheduled. They fear the tests, ignore the medical advise, or worry they can not afford the procedures. But if the complete testing and diagnosis of a work-related injury are not done, a workers compensation case may be in jeopardy.
Radiology referrals are not only important to your case, they are important to your health. For some injuries, only the tests provided by radiologists can show problem areas. Some workers continue to go to work everyday not knowing they have broken bones or fractures. If not treated and allowed to heal, the health of your bones will suffer and the damage you incur from ignoring your injuries will be far greater and far more costly than if you had the original work done.
Always let your treating physician know that you were hurt at work when you seek initial treatment, even if the work-related injury is minor. It is important that you cover your bases to ensure medical costs are covered and you are eligible for benefits. Too often we see clients who have an injury they ignore and advice from medical professionals that they avoid only to develop worse conditions. But for many, it is now too late to act.