You Have The Right To Choose Your Doctor For Workmans Compensation
December 04, 2016
In the event of worker's compensation, insurance companies and employers may not provide all available information regarding your potential avenues of treatment. You should know that in the state of Arizona, an individual who has been injured while on the job has the right to choose his or her own doctor. Here are your rights as an injured employee in Arizona:
Interaction With The Company's Medical Staff
In the event of an accident at work, most companies will try to force its own medical services on you as the injured party. However, state law indicates you only need to submit to one examination performed by the company's doctor. After this, you are free to go with your personal doctor or another doctor altogether. While you do need to comply with the initial examination, you don't need to return for a second exam or check-up, no matter what your company says.
A Doctor On Your Side
One reason it's important to use your own doctor is they will typically be on your side. As an unbiased party, they will at the very least provide you with the most accurate information. A doctor employed by a large company is more likely to provide less than beneficial reports for you simply because the company usually offers incentives to reduce worker's compensation and medical benefits on your behalf.
If your place of work is denying you the right to choose your physician, it may be time to seek out legal representation.