Is the Company Nurse allowed to be present during my doctor visit?
No, they are not. You have the right to ask them (politely) to wait outside while you are evaluated and discussing your injury with the doctor. The law allows the insurance company to have a nurse speak with the doctor about your treatment, but this can be done before or after you visit is over. While you are with the doctor, they should be listening to you and your concerns, not those of the insurance carrier.
By no means do I mean to infer that all Case Nurse Managers are predisposed to try to hurt your case. Just as with all other professions, there are some excellent Case Nurse Managers who work hard to help the injured worker, and there are others who care more about their client-which you are not. Never forget this simple fact. The Case Nurse works for the workers compensation insurance carrier; they are their client, not you.
If you live in Alabama and you have questions about your rights 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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