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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions Can I see my own doctor

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: Can I see my own doctor?

This is one of the most common question we are asked when speaking with an injured worker; they want to know if they are free to use their own doctor for treatment of their job injury. It makes sense, they have a relationship with their family doctor. They trust them, and know that the doctor will look out for them and if necessary, refer them to a good specialist. Unfortunately, the Alabama Legislature did not see it that way.

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.

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 or a loved one suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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