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Can I Choose My Own Workers’ Compensation Doctor?

Whose Choice Is It?

If you suffer an injury at work in Iowa, you may wonder if you can choose your workers' compensation doctor. After all, getting your injuries treated and on record is essential so you can pursue your workers’ compensation claim. Keep reading to learn more about who chooses what doctor you visit when you suffer a work-related injury.

Employer's Choice

In Iowa, employers have the right to choose your workers' compensation doctor if you suffer an injury at work. Unless you negotiate something different with your employer before the injury, they will typically pick a doctor they trust and have worked with in the past. It's important to remember that while your employer wants you to get back to work as soon as possible, they also have their own interests to consider.

Workers’ Compensation Doctor Selection Process

Unfortunately, in Iowa, your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance carrier will select a workers' compensation doctor for your medical care. They do not always pick the best doctor for your particular condition. It is important to note that it can be in their best interest to pick the doctor that gets the care completed as quickly as possible or gets you back to work as soon as possible. This is financially in their best interest and not in your best interest.

Filing Complaints & Appeals

If you are dissatisfied with the doctor selected by your employer and think another healthcare professional would be better suited to treat your injury, you can file an Alternate Medical Care application with the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner. The Commissioner will review your case and decide whether you may select a different doctor or must continue with the one chosen by your employer.

Get Help From an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you suffer an injury at work in Iowa, it is essential to understand that you cannot choose your own workers' compensation doctor. Your employer has the right to select one from an approved list of providers maintained by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner. However, if you are unhappy with their choice, you may file a complaint or appeal with the Commissioner for a final decision. You must understand your rights to get the treatment you deserve and pursue your workers’ compensation claim.

For help navigating workers' compensation in Iowa, contact the team at Pothitakis Law Firm. We are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve.

Learn more about how we can help or schedule a consultation by calling (319) 318-0450 or visiting our website.