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The Process of Selecting a Workers’ Compensation Doctor

Your workers compensation doctor will play a vital role in your recovery and your claim. Unfortunately, you have limited options for choosing a workers comp doctor in Florida. As a general rule, you must see a doctor that is approved by the employer’s insurance company. This article explains what you need to know about this process.

Navigating the often complex workers’ compensation system can be overwhelming. Our attorneys are here to help if you have suffered a work injury in Boca Raton or anywhere in Florida.

The Role of a Workers Comp Doctor

Your workers’ compensation doctor is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of your work-related injury or illness. The doctor also makes important decisions in your work injury case, such as:

  • When you are ready to return to work
  • If you’re capable of a light-duty position
  • The work restrictions you need
  • When you have reached maximum medical improvement, the point where additional treatment won’t improve your condition
  • If you suffer from a permanent disability

Can I Choose My Workers Compensation Doctor?

Under Florida law, your employer’s insurance company has the right to choose the treating doctor. In some situations, your employer may provide a list of approved healthcare providers within their workers’ compensation network you can choose from.

There are some exceptions where you may be able to choose for own doctor:

  • You need emergency treatment
  • The insurance company fails to notify you about which doctor to see in a reasonable time
  • Your workers’ compensation claim was denied

What If I Need Emergency Treatment?

If you need urgent medical attention, it often isn’t possible to notify the insurance company and go to an approved doctor. In this situation, workers’ compensation should still cover your initial emergency treatment.

However, you must see a doctor approved by the insurance company for ongoing treatment after your condition is stable.

you have to go to the doctor appointed by the workers comp insurer

Can I Change My Workers Compensation Doctor?

You have the right to request to change your treating physician once during your workers’ comp case. This right is protected by Florida Statute § 440.13(2)(h). Keep in mind that the insurance company will still select the new doctor.

Preparing for Your Visit to a Workers’ Comp Doctor

Preparing for a visit with a workers’ compensation doctor in Florida is essential to ensure a smooth and comprehensive evaluation of your work-related injury.

Be prepared to provide a detailed and accurate account of how the injury occurred, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and any related challenges. Bring a list of questions or concerns you may have about your condition or treatment options.

What If There Are Disagreements About Medical Care?

If you disagree with the insurance company about your medical care, you can request an independent medical examination (IME). You can only request one IME during a Florida workers’ compensation case.

Our Florida Workers Comp Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights

Choosing a capable attorney experienced in Florida workers’ compensation law can significantly benefit your case. Your attorney can:

  • Review your medical records and treatment plan.
  • Advocate for your rights in negotiations with insurance companies and employers.
  • Guide you through the claims process and represent you in legal proceedings if necessary.

Remember, you are not alone. At Work Injury Rights, our team of dedicated Florida workers’ compensation attorneys is committed to protecting your rights and securing the benefits you deserve. We understand the complexities of the legal system and will fight tirelessly to achieve a fair and satisfactory outcome for you.

Contact Work Injury Rights at 954-833-5226 for a free consultation.