Perhaps one of the biggest needs individuals have during a workers’ compensation case — outside of the obvious financial and medical concerns — is an understanding of all their rights and options. It can be easy to feel like a small part caught in the machine when you are dealing with corporate departments and insurance plan providers, but you do have many rights that are important to protect throughout the process.
For example, did you know you have some rights when it comes to which doctors you see for your workers’ compensation related injury? While most employees are required to see a physician or medical provider that is on the approved plan, you have some leeway when it comes to making a choice. First, you don’t have to go to the first doctor you are sent to if there are more options on the approved list. Don’t be afraid to ask for the list and to research the health care providers on it.
Second, employers must keep their approved lists to certain specifications. Employees have to be able to see the right kind of medical provider for their ailment, and minorities must be represented on the list. If you aren’t happy with your choice of providers, our firm can help you by reviewing the list to see if there is anything your employer might have overlooked.
Seeing a doctor who will care for you properly is just one right you need to protect when you are filing a workers’ compensation case. We can work with you so you understand all your options and can make the most educated decisions about moving forward with your case or settlement.