Do I have to see the company doctor?
While you are free to see whomever you wish to see, 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. Both of the attorneys at Powell and Denny have over 27 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 live in Alabama and you have questions about what benefits you are entitled to receive under Alabama’s Workers Comp Statute, don’t hesitate to contact one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.
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