Injured at workIf you have ever been injured at work, you understand how sticky these situations can be. They often involve legal matters, medical bills, claims of negligence, workers compensation, bitterness, and everything in between. While the circumstances regarding your injury are dependent on the cooperation of the parties involved, one thing is for certain: an accurate diagnosis is very important.

Accuracy Matters

Diagnostic accuracy matters for two reasons: (1) You deserve the best possible treatment you can get. Without an accurate understanding of the source of pain, your treatment plan may not be effective. (2) Legal documents require an accurate diagnosis for proper dispersal of compensation.

Treatment Depends on Accuracy

From the medical point of view, an inaccurate diagnosis is very dangerous. Take a spinal injury, for example. If the diagnosis claims it is simply a herniated disc, but it is actually a damaged spinal cord, treatment could actually worsen the condition. The doctor may suggest the individual exercise to encourage healing. In reality, exercise may cause further harm to the existing spinal cord injury.

From a legal point of view, an inaccurate diagnosis may mean the injured person only receives half of the compensation needed to pay for medical bills. This can leave a person unable to work and in financial ruin.