ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Most of us have been taught not to question authority, and we would not even consider questioning the wisdom of a physician. Coupled with a system that literally controls people's lives, the tendency is to just "go with the flow." In order to make good decisions, however, patients need to have good information. If you are in the midst of a workers' compensation case, this chapter and Chapter 10 are dedicated to helping you ask the right questions. These questions will focus on three critical areas: your medical and physical condition, your future employment potential, and your social and psychological readiness to return to work.
As discussed in Chapter 5, doctors in our society walk on water. For that reason, it can be unnerving to ask questions. For one thing, none of us wants to appear ignorant; for another, doctors obviously know what they are doing, so what questions could we possibly have?
The first step in asking the right questions is to realize that you are the buyer and the doctor is the seller. Your company may be paying the bill, but without your participation it might as well be throwing money out the window. It is your body, and you