When you’ve suffered a workplace injury, you may not know where to turn next. Do you ignore the pain you’re feeling? Do you have concerns that your employer will fire you for reporting the accident? Are you worried that you’ll be unable to afford medical treatment?
The workers’ compensation system should help to ease your anxiety. It doesn’t matter who is to blame for the accident. You should be eligible to receive benefits if you’re hurt while performing your job. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting a workplace injury. Above all, workers’ compensation should cover the cost of treating your injury.
Inform your employer as soon as possible
To get medical treatment quickly, it’s important to inform your employer of your injury right away. This will get the ball rolling. Your employer will submit your claim to its workers’ compensation insurance provider. The insurance company will decide whether to accept or reject your claim.
Can I see my own doctor?
Your employer should have a physician’s list of company-approved doctors. You must be seen by one of these physicians within 90 days. Your employer cannot demand that you see one particular physician on the list. You may switch between providers on the list if you choose to do so.
If your injury requires specialty care and a physician on the list does not provide the necessary care, you may see a doctor of your choosing. There might be other exceptions which will allow you to be seen by your own doctor. You should discuss all of your workers’ compensation options with a skilled legal professional.