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Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers Do I have to see the Company Doctor

Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyers Do I have to see the Company Doctor? The other week I was reading an article that stated in Alabama, injured workers do not have the right to see their own doctor (click here for the article). I already knew this, and we have written several articles on the subject, but this article reminded me that the vast majority of the public in Alabama do not really know what their rights are when it comes to receiving medical treatment following a job injury, so I thought I would write another blog on the subject.

While you are free to see whomever you wish to see for an injury, you should realize that your personnel health insurance will not pay for treatment related to a work injury. This means that any treatment you receive by seeing who you want to see-instead of who comp tells you to see-will have to be paid for out of your pocket. Most of us simply cannot afford much medical care on a cash basis-which means that for most practicable purposes, yes, you do have to see the doctor workers compensation tells you to see. Having stated this, if workers compensation denies liability or otherwise refuses to provide you with the reasonably necessary medical treatment needed, then you may go to whomever you wish and if later your injuries are shown to be related to a job injury, then workers comp will be responsible for ensuring your medical bills are paid and the doctor you picked will be your treating doctor.

As for who, the doctor works for, rest assured that the majority of physicians who handle workers compensation cases are reputable and their primary concern is helping you heal so you can return to work; however, just as with all professions-there are some doctors who have a reputation for putting the desires of the insurance carrier over the needs of the injured worker. For this reason, there is a way to obtain another doctor if you are not happy with the one provided by workers compensation.

Alabama workers compensation law understands that there will be instances in which an injured worker is not pleased with the treatment (or lack thereof) that they are receiving from their authorized treating physician and that they may wish to make a change. Given this simple fact, the law allows an injured worker to request a Panel of Four physicians, and from this panel of physicians, the injured worker is allowed to choose a new treating doctor. However, you are only allowed to request a Panel of Four once (twice if surgery is recommended and you wish to have a second opinion). With this in mind, it is important not to burn your Panel choice on a spur of the moment fit of frustration. Additionally, most injured workers do not know much about the doctors provided in their panel. Both of the attorneys at Powell and Denny have over 23 years of personal experience handling workers compensation cases in Alabama and we know most of the bad ones and we can try to help get you to another doctor whose concern is centered on you.

If you were hurt at work and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Huntsville Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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