THE ROLE OF YOUR WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM DOCTOR
Your treating physician plays a central role in your workers’ compensation case. Not only do they diagnose your medical condition and recommend the appropriate treatment, they also make decisions that could impact how much you might receive in workers’ compensation benefits, such as:
- Whether your injury or illness was caused by a workplace accident
- •how much time off you’ll need to take off from work to recover;
- when you’ve reached maximum medical improvement
- the extent of any lasting medical impairments
CAN I PICK MY OWN WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM DOCTOR?
Florida law states, that barring an emergency situation, you must see a doctor that is chosen or pre-approved by your employer and their insurance company. Being treated by the “company doctor” — someone who is on the insurance company’s payroll is obviously not ideal. It’s not uncommon for these doctors to try to protect the employer and insurer by questioning whether the injury happened at work, minimizing the seriousness of your injury, or sending you back to work before you are ready.
LAW GOVERNING WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM DOCTORS
The laws governing which doctor/s you can see in a workers’ comp case are complicated. The Law Office of Marshall S. Adler can make sure you are fairly evaluated medically. If you are unsatisfied with the quality of your medical care, we may be able to pursue other options, some of which may include:
- Asking for a one-time change in physicians. This allows you to transfer to another doctor, however it will also be someone selected by your employer.
- Paying $1,000-$2,500 of your own money for an independent medical exam with the doctor of your choice. This doctor will not be your ongoing treating physician but can provide an accurate diagnosis of your condition and make a recommendation for treatment.