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Tell Your Doctor About Medication Side-Effects

May 11, 2021

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Hello! Good Morning! This is Michael Quatrini for another Legal Tip Tuesday.

Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about the side effects of some medications. A lot of times we go to the doctor for the pain or limitation we’re having with an injury that we’ve sustained. And, beyond just the difficulty you might have lifting, bending, walking, sitting, or standing because of physical pain, a lot of patients (a lot of our clients) don’t always realize the side effects they’re having from some of the medications that their doctors are prescribing to them.

Why is this important? Well, in addition to showing that your physical pain or physical limitations may be preventing you from doing your time-of-injury job or any jobs that you’ve done for the last 15 years (if we’re doing a social security case), we can also use any side effects you have from medications to show that it would inhibit you from being productive at work, being able to focus at work, and having to leave early or come late because of those side effects.

This is important for you as a client to make sure that you are thinking about what those side effects may be. We oftentimes tell our clients to take notes about their condition, symptoms (which should include your side effects), but most importantly for your own health and ultimately for your case, you need to be vocalizing all of those side effects to your doctors each time you go to your physician’s office. This will help them treat you, to decide whether a different medication may or may not be necessary, but it also helps us with your medical records to be able to show that you do have side effects and how they may affect your ability to be at work or be productive and successful at work.

This is Michael Quatrini on a quick tip about telling your doctors about any side effects you have from your medications for your own health, and for the health
of your disability, or working case thank you.