When you’re making a workers’ compensation claim for an injury on the job, one thing you should know is that you will need to see a doctor to have your injury assessed. There are times when your employer will choose the doctor, and there are times when you will get to select the doctor you see.
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws state that your employer’s insurance agency will determine which doctor you need to see for your injury. There are exceptions, however. You may be able to pick your own doctor if:
- You need immediate treatment in an emergency room
- Your employer’s insurance company uses managed care arrangements, which give you the option between a few doctors in the group or network
- Your claim for workers’ compensation is denied
- You request a medical evaluation but have not been sent to see a doctor within a fair waiting period
It’s also important to note that you won’t necessarily have to stay with the doctor that is selected for you after you see them. While going through the workers’ compensation claim process, you can change your physician once.
Choosing the right doctor is important because the insurance agency will rely on the medical provider’s opinion and diagnostic reports to determine your benefits. The doctor you work with will also decide when it’s safe for you to return to work and if there are any special accommodations that you will need to do so.
If you’re hurt on the job, it’s important for you to know your rights. Our website has more on the steps to take to get a workers’ compensation claim approved.