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Do you have to see the company’s doctor?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | workers' compensation |

If you get injured on the job, your employer may direct you to see a certain doctor for treatment. Many companies have relationships with occupational medicine clinics or specific physicians for workers’ compensation cases.

Although you may feel pressured to see the company’s chosen healthcare provider, you have the right to choose your own doctor in most cases.

Your right to choose a physician

Under workers’ compensation laws in most states, employees can select their own physician after a work-related injury. In Nebraska, for example, the law allows workers to seek their own physician unless they sign a written waiver of that right.

The importance of ongoing medical care

Ongoing medical care contributes to your successful rehabilitation and recovery. In addition to addressing your immediate injuries, continued medical attention ensures that you receive sustained, comprehensive support to manage the long-term effects of any injury.

Routine medical evaluations also help your healthcare team monitor your progress. That makes it easier to identify any potential complications and adjust your treatment plans. This also reduces the risk of secondary complications from delayed treatment.

The timeline for choosing a provider

The key is for workers to respond quickly if their employer designates a doctor. Within the required timeframe, the employee can provide written notice that they are selecting their own physician. While companies may pressure injured staff to see certain doctors, employees usually have the final choice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers reported 69,200 workplace injuries in 2022. With the prevalence of workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims, employees should understand their options for medical care.