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If I Am Injured On The Job Can I Choose The Doctor Who Treats Me?

You may select any physician or surgeon who is practicing on the island where the injury occurred. If the services of a specialist are needed, you may select any specialist or surgeon practicing in the state. The director of the Department of Labor may authorize the selection of a specialist practicing outside the State when no comparable medical care within the state is available. Upon selecting a physician or surgeon, you shall give notice of his selection to the employer within a reasonable time after the beginning of the treatment.

At any time and with reasonable notice you may be asked to attend a medical evaluation by your employer, the insurance carrier or by the Department of Labor. Any failure to attend an exam may result in a suspension or termination of your benefits.

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