When a worker gets hurt on the job, they often hesitate in reporting their injury because they worry about being subjected to scrutiny at the hands of the doctor that their employer sends them to see.
Fortunately, California law allows you to see a medical provider of your choice in two instances: When your employer offers managed health care coverage or you predesignate a doctor through a written notice to your employer.
So, how do you pick the right doctor for your care? Here are some suggestions:
Take note of your doctor’s experience in treating workplace injuries
Any medical professional you select should have experience treating injuries similar to your own and know how to build out a treatment plan that will facilitate your maximum recovery. The medical provider that you select should be keen on determining when it’s safest for you to return to work as well.
Why your doctor’s workers’ comp experience matters
While it’s ideal to find a doctor with experience treating your type of injury, it’s also critical that you find one that has experience in handling the administrative aspect of workers’ compensation cases, as well.
A physician with extensive workers’ compensation experience will know how to write injury reports and what supporting evidence should accompany those reports. They will also know what to do if workers’ compensation officials request additional information or deny your claim.
How to proceed following a workplace injury
One of the worst things that can happen is for you to suffer a serious injury on the job. Even worse than that, though, is if your employer makes it challenging to receive the medical support you want and need. You have rights if this occurs.
Our website contains extensive information about the workers’ compensation process, injuries and how the two intertwine. Please continue reading to learn more.