The answer to this question depends on where your injury took place: Nebraska or Iowa:
Nebraska workers’ compensation laws allow you to treat with your own doctor if you have a record of treatment with that doctor. If you do not have a treatment history with a doctor, your employer may choose a doctor on your behalf. Your employer may not tell you that you have the right to choose your own doctor, so make sure you consult with an experienced Nebraska workers’ compensation lawyer if you have any questions about the process.
Iowa workers’ compensation laws are more complicated in regard to choosing a physician. Generally, employers have the right to choose the doctor an injured worker sees after a workplace accident. You may see your own doctor if you choose, but remember, that treatment may not be covered by workers’ compensation.
Alternate care: If you are unsatisfied with the treatment you receive from your employer-selected physician in Iowa, you have the right to seek alternate care. The law states that workers have the right to choose alternate care when the employer’s chosen care was unreasonable. Our lawyers can help you determine if the care you received was unreasonable, and, if so, represent you in petitioning for alternate care.
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If you have any questions about choosing a doctor for your workplace injury, consult with one of our attorneys before making any important decisions that could affect your claim. Contact us today at 800-349-7981 to speak with a knowledgeable Douglas County workers’ compensation lawyer.