When it comes to workers’ compensation, employers can be hesitant or even refuse to provide full compensation for your work-related injury. Should this happen, you should know your rights. Anyone who is injured because of circumstances outside of their control should not be required to pay for medical and other expenses related to the injury. The experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lancaster & Eure can help you understand and fight for your rights as an injured worker.
Your employer may attempt to convince you to settle for less compensation than you request, so you should never sign any documents or agreements without first consulting with a Florida Workers’ Compensation attorney. If you end up paying for your medical bills and treatment yourself, you may end up facing financial hardship from the expense. To avoid this situation, learn the steps you can take to get what you deserve by contacting the experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lancaster & Eure.
In Florida, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carrier has the right to select your doctor. You are not permitted to see a doctor on your own or treat with a doctor who is not authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Carrier. However, there are a couple of exceptions. When you are initially injured not only do you have an obligation to report your accident, but if you want to see a physician or obtain medical care, you must first ask the Workers’ Compensation Carrier and/or your Employer to authorize a medical provider. If they refuse to do so, or if they deny your claim, you can seek care and treatment on your own. You should keep copies of any and all statements and payments you make to the physician that was not authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Carrier. The experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Lancaster & Eure can help you get reimbursed if the claim is ultimately accepted or found to be compensable.
An emergency situation is also an exception to the rule that the Employer/Carrier can choose your physician. Emergencies are not specifically defined in the statute, but case law has helped us to understand what the Courts consider an emergency. An emergency may occur immediately following the accident or if your condition greatly worsens and you must seek immediate care. Again, it is important that you keep copies of your bills, receipts and any information provided by the emergency provider.
Under Florida Workers’ Compensation law, you are entitled to a one-time change of physician from the doctor authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Carrier. However, you must request authorization of the one-time change and the Carrier has the right to select the doctor that you change to. They have five (5) days from the receipt of your request, which must be in writing, in which to provide you with a change. If they do not, then you have the right to select your own physician. Your Lancaster & Eure Workers’ Compensation lawyer will help you with the change request as well as help direct your care.