Can I Choose My Own Workers' Compensation Doctor?

The goal of many employers and their insurance companies is to get the employee back to work as quickly as possible without regard to the employee’s ongoing complaints.  In this regard, often employers will send employees to physicians or occupational clinics listed on the panel that are “employer and insurance friendly,” which provide subpar care and send the employee back to work regardless of their ongoing complaints.  It is very important to seek the advice of a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer to determine whether the employer’s panel of physicians is valid.  If the panel is not valid, then the employee is free to select a doctor of his or her choosing from the panel of physicians.

You might also be entitled to an "independent medical examination" by a doctor of your choosing, which may result in a change of physicians in your worker's compenstaion claim.  You should discuss your claim with a skilled workers' compensation lawyer to make sure you are getting the right medical care. 

Christopher J. Hudson
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Local Augusta lawyer specializing in workers' compensation, car accident and personal injury claims.