How to Work with Doctors During the Workers’ Compensation Process

Doctor in white lab coat holding a chart while comforting patient sitting on examination table
When you file workers’ compensation, you’ll be required to make some visits to the doctor. This is a necessary part of the process and something you’ll need to do to prove your claim. Today in the Alberhasky Law Firm blog we’ll explain dealing with doctors during the claims process.

Can I Choose My Own Doctor for Workers’ Compensation Treatment?

This is a common question people have when they start the process of getting treatment for their work-related injuries. In some states, yes. However, in Missouri, you can not choose your doctor. Instead, your employer will be the one who will choose your treating physician. You will need to receive any ongoing treatments and diagnoses from this provider. It’s important to file your workers’ compensation claim so that your medical bills will be paid during this time. If your claim is approved, your employer must continue to pay the bills. If your claim is eventually denied then you’ll need to pay your bills, as well as seek reimbursement through the medical insurance company.

Can I Change Doctors?

You are able to change physicians if you want to, but it will be at your own own expense. You can ask your employer to refer you to someone else from their list instead, but they’re not necessarily obligated to accept this request. However, you can appeal a referral request if your employer denies it. If you’re appealing a request, it’s a good idea to have a workers’ compensation lawyer at your side, helping you along the way.

Speak with a Lawyer About Your Options

Of course, we can’t really cover all of your options in one blog post. Each situation is different, so it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can make sure your case is being handled fairly and that you’re getting compensated appropriately. Plus, a consultation with Alberhasky Law Firm is free, so you have nothing to lose.

Contact Alberhasky Law Firm Today

Why leave your workers’ compensation claim up to chance? Let the professionals at Alberhasky Law Firm make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We can guide you throughout the entire process and make sure you get what you’re owed. Our legal team makes filing for workers’ comp easy. Contact us today for more information and to speak with a member of our team about scheduling a consultation. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

About the Author

When it comes to workers’ compensation cases, Randy Alberhasky has over 25 years of experience. During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials in courts throughout the State of Missouri. Many people who have suffered from a workplace injury and illness are unaware of the legal action they can take to receive the financial compensation that they’re entitled to.  The Alberhasky Law Firm, P.C. is proud to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

About Randy

During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials, has been counsel in over 50 cases before the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, 35 cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals and 3 cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. Read More…

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