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How To Choose The Right Doctor For A Workers Compensation Claim



Filing a workers' compensation claim requires you to get a doctor's notice with detailed information about your injury, illness or condition. The doctor will make recommendations about how long you need to stay off your feet in order to ensure that the problem heals and that you can go back to work. Choosing the right doctor for a claim is essential. You want to find a doctor whose opinion you trust. You want to be given enough time off to heal, and you want a health professional who will seem legitimate in the eyes of your employer.

How to Find a Doctor

The best way to find a good doctor for your claim is first to find a good lawyer. A workers' compensation attorney may give you the names of health professionals who specialize in the treatment of your particular condition. In addition to having experience with your state's workers' compensation forms, these doctors will be able to provide more informed care and recommendations. They will know how long it will take for you to heal based on hundreds of previous cases.

You also want to choose a doctor you know will be impartial about your company. You should take your boss or supervisor's suggestions for choice of doctor with grain of salt. Make sure that the doctor you choose is approved by your company's workers' compensation agent, however. By the same token, avoid doctors who seem overzealous about giving you too much time off and too much time in the hospital.

If you are concerned about anything a doctor says, you should get a second opinion. Some unscrupulous doctors will tell you anything in order to receive a bigger insurance payout; if this practice comes to light in the future, you could lose your workers' compensation money altogether.

What Your Workers' Compensation Doctor Should Do for You

Your doctor's responsibilities include:

  • Managing your treatment
  • Reporting your progress to claims manager at your workplace
  • Helping you return to work as quickly as possible
Your doctor should be:
  • Licensed in your state
  • Conveniently located near your home
  • Qualified to treat your condition/disease/injury
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