Jeffrey S. Liva, MD, MPH, MS
Occupational Medicine Physician located in Paramus, NJ
Dr. Jeffrey Liva specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals who suffered workplace injuries. Dr. Liva encourages patients in the Bergen County, New Jersey area to seek medical attention immediately after a workplace injury occurs.
Workplace Injuries Q & A
What’s involved in a workers’ compensation case?
An employee injured at their place of work, whether they’re on the clock or not, is entitled to some form of compensation. The amount of compensation will be determined by the severity of the injuries and the circumstances under which the accident occurred. As soon as the accident occurs, Dr. Liva recommends immediately notifying the employer and seeking medical attention. Certain deadlines must be met in this type of case. After the employee visits the doctor, an additional examination may be required by an independent medical examiner. Both medical opinions are taken into consideration. If for any reason, there is a dispute, a workers’ compensation attorney helps resolve the issue.
How soon after the accident should a person see a doctor?
Time is of the essence after a work-related injury occurs. Dr. Liva recommends that employees immediately seek medical attention after notifying their employer of the accident. A workers’ compensation case involves numerous deadlines that must be met to keep the case active. The sooner the employee receives treatment, the faster the case can move forward. If an independent medical examiner is needed, they perform the examination rather quickly so the true extent of the person's injuries are visible. Identifying the injuries associated with the accident is amain priority.
What is an independent medical examiner?
An independent medical examiner is a doctor specially licensed to perform certain types of medical examinations. The doctor has experience with occupational or workplace-related injuries. As an “independent” medical examiner, the doctor is considered to be a third party, and not associated in any way to either the employee or the employer. He or she performs the medical examination without bias and without unnecessary knowledge of the situation that may have in some way influenced the patient's primary care physician.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Liva, MD, MPH, MS accepts all major forms of insurance. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please call our office and confirm with our staff. We are happy to assist you.