Dr. Lagen helps injured workers
Workers Compensation (L&I) System
Meet Dr. Thomas Lagen, Workers Comp Specialist!
My team's mission is to minimize unnecessary delays or gaps in care, manage your claim and keep you moving toward a successful claim resolution.
If you or a loved one are injured on the job, you need to focus on healing. The stress of managing care, paper work, and navigating Workers Comp can be too much!
Many healthcare providers do not have time or staff to manage Workers Comp claim processes, and the communication necessary to get you back to work.
Dr. Thomas H. Lagen and his team will guide you through each step of the return to work process. We review your situation and get you started on the road to success.
We move through the workers' compensation process with you, advising you each step of the way.
We are your return to work doctor. Because we act as your Attending Provider of Record, the care and time we provide is part of your workers comp claim. So, there is NO COST TO YOU.
YOU ARE INJURED ON THE JOB.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
You need a health care provider who knows how to help you work through the workers comp system, while making sure that your injury is improving and your claim is managed properly.
Thomas H. Lagen, MD specializes in providing active care coordination for injured workers to prevent unnecessary delays or gaps in medical services returning you back to your everyday life, as safely and quickly as possible.
Using our knowledge and experience, our team is exclusively focused on helping injured workers get the necessary medical/surgical and other types of services to help you return to the workplace.
We provide services for injured workers throughout Washington and on a case by case basis from other states.
WE NAVIGATE THE WORKERS COMP SYSTEM SO YOU CAN FOCUS ON HEALING
INJURED WORKER CARE
Dr. Lagen's 5 Point Process
You have a lot on your plate. You need a health care provider you can count on to navigate a less stressful and more effective recovery – and your return to work.
We’re here to help. What you can expect with Dr. Lagen:
1. Gather Your Medical Records
We gather and review all of your medical records and workers comp documentation, from the time of injury to today.
2. Set in Motion an Effective Claim Management Plan
With this information, we then set in motion an effective claim management plan including medical/surgical and PT/Rehab services.
3. Monitor Progress
We continually monitor the course of the injured worker through all phases of the return to work process, ensuring that each step happens in sequence, with no unnecessary delays or gaps.
We are in constant contact with all health care providers, claims managers, and other key players ensuring timely claim progress, minimizing communication delays and misunderstandings.
4. Return to Work Capabilities are Determined
During the final stage of your treatment, typically physical/occupational therapy, we will work with vocational rehabilitation services using the Job Analysis(s) (JA) and possibly a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) or Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) to determine your return-to-work capabilities.
5. You have successfully navigated the WC system!
Closing of the claim, moving on with your life.
I attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed my residency in Family Medicine through the St. John’s Hospital System in Grosse Pointe, MI. After training, I moved to the Vancouver, WA area where I worked as a family practitioner.
In the last 14 years I became involved in occupational medicine and quickly realized that navigating through the bureaucracy of a work comp claim can be complicated, confusing and for many discouraging and frustrating.
To better help injured workers, I focus exclusively on helping workers injured on the job move through the work comp process. By providing practical, sensible evidence-informed medical guidance the mission is to minimize the worker’s time away from work and develop a clear path to successful claim resolution.
What to Expect: Telehealth
Dr. Lagen is your master coordinator! Think of him as your Quarterback: he throws the passes to the healthcare providers, claims managers, and other key players. He doesn’t stop there. He is continually following up and making sure those passes are complete and the requirements are met.
Your appointments with Dr. Lagen will be via Zoom or Google Meet. Our patients have told us that online appointments save them time and money! No traffic, no waiting rooms, no gas. If you are working in some capacity, time away from the job is minimal. It is also easy for you to include a care person or loved one who is helping you with your return to health on the calls.
Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email with a link to our meeting. Just click on the link; it's that easy. A "tech-check" can be arranged prior to our appointment to ensure successful connections. Most of our patients use their phones, but some prefer their computers or tablets. It's up to you.
Let Dr. Lagen and his team help you return to your everyday life and work as quickly and safely as possible.
Contact us today
Let Dr. Lagen and his team help you through the Workers Compensation System.
Call today for an appointment: 253-363-6246
or send us a message below:
We are a telehealth provider. You will never have to fight traffic or sit in a waiting room, when working with Dr. Lagen.
The best ways to contact our team is phone, text and email! We communicate, you can count on us!
PO Box 1815
Gig Harbor, WA 98335