Can I Choose My Own Doctor For A Workers’ Comp Claim?
The freedom to choose your own doctor seems like a basic right of our health care system. As a result, it can be frustrating when your employer requires you to choose a company-designated doctor for an injury covered by workers’ compensation.
At Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., in Burlington, New Jersey, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about medical care after a job-related injury. We represent injured workers throughout New Jersey.
Helping You Obtain The Medical Care You Need
In New Jersey, your employer has the right to designate the treating physician for a work-related injury or occupational disease. However, there are times when you can choose your own doctor:
- If your employer refuses to provide you medical treatment
- If it is a medical emergency
If your doctor refuses to provide medical treatment, you should contact our attorneys for advice about how to file for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you need emergency medical treatment, you should notify your employer as soon as possible after receiving treatment.
Can I Get A Second Opinion?
There are times when you may want a second opinion — for example, if you need surgery or your doctor releases you to return to work and you don’t feel ready. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is not required to provide a second opinion.
It is important to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney if you are not satisfied with the medical care you are receiving.
For More Information About Your Medical Care Options After A Workplace Accident
To discuss your medical care options with an experienced Burlington workers’ compensation lawyer, call 609-589-0649 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. The consultation is free, and we charge no fees unless we win your case.