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Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Can I see my Doctor

Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Can I see my Doctor

Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Can I see my own Doctor: If you have suffered a job injury, technically you are free to see whomever you wish to treat you for your injury-including your own personnel physician; however, your personnel health insurance will likely not pay for said treatment if it was work related (most health insurance policies have language which specifically states that they do not pay for medical expenses covered under workers compensation), meaning that for all practical purposes you have to see the physician chosen by your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier.

The doctor chosen by the workers compensation insurance carrier is known as your AUTHORIZED TREATING PHYSICIAN, and, per Alabama's Workers' Comp Law, your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier is responsible for paying all the "reasonably necessary medical and surgical treatment..." (including physical rehabilitation, medicine, medical and surgical supplies, crutches, artificial members and other apparatus) prescribed by the authorized treating physician. If you go and see your own doctor without first obtaining approval to do so from your employer or their workers compensation carrier, then you will be responsible for paying these bills as your insurance carrier will most likely refuse to pay for unauthorized treatment.

We have had cases where the injured workers' employer has told the injured worker to see whomever they want to see. In this situation, the doctor you choose to use is the authorized treating physician. Additionally, if your claim is denied, then you are free to use whomever you wish and, if liability is later established, then workers compensation will be responsible for ensuring all of your medical bills are paid and the doctor you have chosen will be deemed to be the authorized treating physician.

If you live or work in the greater Birmingham region*, you were hurt at work and you have any questions about your rights under Alabama's Workers Compensation laws, don't hesitate to CONTACT the experienced Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny.

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Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Can I see my Doctor

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