After an injury, many employers send an injured worker to one specific doctor or facility for treatment. They don’t give the injured worker a choice in who they see. We are often asked, “Can they do this?” Under the workers’ compensation law, your employer must comply with certain requirements in order to control the choice of what doctors you see. Only if they comply with these legal requirements can they control your treatment for the first ninety days.
For example, your employer must post a list of at least six healthcare providers. The providers listed must be geographically accessible. Your employer must provide you with written notice, both at the time you are hired and immediately after the injury, telling you, among other things, that you need to treat with a company doctor for the first ninety days. Even if they comply with all of the legal requirements, your employer cannot choose which of the doctors on the list you see. That is your choice. If a chiropractor is not included on the list, and you want to see a chiropractor, you may select and treat with a chiropractor.
After ninety days of treatment with a company doctor, you may seek treatment from a doctor you choose. If you change doctors, you must provide your employer with the name and address of the new doctor who is treating you within five days of your first treatment.
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