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July 13, 2020

How to Deal with Workers Comp Doctors

After a work accident, you’ll need to seek medical care as soon as possible. This will give your employer proof that you were injured and ensure that your life isn’t in danger because of your injuries. But there’s one thing that might hold you back: You’ll generally need to use the medical professionals your employer chooses.

For those of us who already have a good relationship with our doctors, this might feel uncomfortable, and you might not know how to deal with workers comp doctors when you’ve grown so used to your own. Fortunately, a lawyer from the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help you deal with your employer’s doctor or fight for your right to choose your own doctor.

Working with Your Employer’s Choices

Because your employer will be responsible for all of your medical care for your work-related injuries, he or she will also have the option to choose your healthcare providers.

Your employer should have chosen doctors that will give you the proper attention you need. But you’ll need to be careful because your discussions with your doctor could affect your compensation.

The doctors aren’t just treating your injuries. They’re also examining your condition and how serious your injuries are. You’ll need to remember your medical history, and you should keep up with what information about your condition has been shared between the insurers and your new doctor.

Generally, it’s best to treat workers comp doctors similarly to your normal doctor, especially by sharing information about your condition and keeping your appointments. They’ll need to know if your condition has worsened, and a missed appointment could be seen as not following your doctor’s advice.

Requesting Alternative Care

If you believe you’re not receiving the proper medical attention you need, you’ll first need to speak to your employer and the insurers about your options. They may allow the change and still cover it under your insurance, although they likely will want you to pay for any outside treatment you receive.

Unfortunately, your employer may refuse to cover any treatment from other doctors. In these cases, if you feel you’re not getting proper care, you’ll need to apply for alternate treatment with the Iowa workers compensation commissioner. You’ll need to prepare an argument for why you need to change doctors.

Getting Help with Your Medical Care

When you’re unable to visit your regular doctor for your treatment after a work injury, it’s already a frustrating situation, and now you’ll need to figure out how to deal with workers comp doctors. Fortunately, a lawyer from the Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can review what to do at your workers comp doctor appointment or help you fight to be seen by your own doctor.

If you need help with your workers comp case, take advantage of our free consultation offer by calling 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or filling out the online contact form below.

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