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Getting medical care under the Defense Base Act

Getting injured on the job is never the ideal situation. For anyone. Then, when your employment situation has a lot of different levels, things starts to get complicated very fast. You're working in a government area and those are the people who supervise your work, but your paycheck comes from the agency that contacted you about the job.

Trying to figure out who you can see and what to do about your injuries can get complicated quickly. There are a lot of people giving you a lot of information, and some of it may not be completely accurate. Like what doctor you can see to get treated for your injuries.

Here are some things you'll want to know as you go through the process of a Defense Base Act claim.

You can see your own doctor

At some point you might be told that you have to see the doctor that the insurance provider says that you have to see. The insurance provider might tell you that it would be "easier" to see one of their doctors. While it might be easier for the them, it might not be what is best for you.

It doesn't matter if you have an established relationship with another doctor, or if you just want another opinion, you have the right to see another doctor.

Be honest about your injuries

This isn't the time to play tough or to minimize your injuries. Be honest with your doctor about pain that you're experiencing and how that is limiting what you can do. This will ensure you get an accurate assessment from your doctor and that you receive appropriate compensation for your injuries.

Continue the conversation with your doctor

Your treatment plan doesn't end with the first visit. As you get better, continue the conversation with your doctor. Talk about how your treatment is progressing and how much you can do. Before you add a new activity, talk to your doctor can include it in your treatment plan.

Making a claim through the Defense Base Act can have a lot of nuances. Taking the time to have clear and honest communication can help you get the treatment you need so that you are able to recover and get back to work.

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