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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions Told to see another doctor

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions Told to see another doctor

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: Can I be forced to see another doctor? If you have suffered a serious injury and are receiving costly treatment from your treating physician, chances are that at some point you will be contacted by workers comp and told that you have to see another doctor (called an independent medical examination or IME). It is not because the doctor caring for you has done anything wrong, but because workers comp doesn't like paying the medical bills associated with your treatment. So, what are your rights when workers comp tries to force you to see another doctor?

If you are satisfied with the treatment you are receiving from your authorized treating physician, I do not personally believe that you have to, or should, submit to being examined to another doctor chosen by the workers compensation insurance carrier. The comp carrier is most likely only trying to create some uncertainty in your case so they can use it to their advantage. Make no mistake, the workers compensation insurance carrier is not wanting you to see another doctor because they believe it is in your best interest. For some reason, the Alabama Department of Labor states on their web site that you have to see any doctor workers comp tells you to see, but if you are satisfied with the treatment being given by your current doctor, you are under no obligation to do so. Case law supports my contention.

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 talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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