If you have been injured at work and have a workers’ compensation claim, your employer is legally entitled to choose which doctors treat you for your injuries. Your employer is also required to pay for these treatments, as well as the prescriptions or medical devices that your workers’ compensation doctor orders. But what if the doctor is not treating you properly, or if you want a second opinion?
There is some good news: workers’ compensation law allows you the option to request a change in providers one single time during your case (Florida Statutes 440.13(2)(f)). But beware! There are limits to this option that you may not be aware of.
First, the employer still gets to choose who your new doctor will be, as long as they respond to the request in a timely manner.
Second, it is important to remember that this option is only available once in the entire pendency of your case. So it is important to wait until it is absolutely necessary before using your one-time change. Some workers’ compensation adjusters may offer you to request a new doctor if you didn’t like your initial appointment with an assigned medical provider. But you limit your ability to seek other providers as your case develops if that change is requested at the beginning of your treatment.
If you are not sure how to proceed with your medical treatment after an injury on the job, call the offices of Lancaster & Eure for a free consultation. We will advise you of your rights and explain the specifics of your treatment options.