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

You may choose your first medical care provider. Treatment at an emergency room after the accident or by a company physician does not count as the first medical care provider. Your first provider may refer you to a specialist without prior approval from the insurer. No matter who your treating physician is, you are entitled to receive a report from him or her within ten days of each visit. If you decide to change doctors, you must first find out if your employer or insurer has an approved list of physicians. If so, you must either select a physician from that list or get the approval of your employer/insurer before you see another doctor. If your employer or insurer does not have an approved list of physicians, these restrictions do not apply.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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