In New York, injured workers have the absolute right to choose their own medical provider for their work-related injury. The only requirement is that the doctor or other health provider accept Workers’ Comp (WC) insurance. I regularly advise injured workers who come into my office the following:
* Don’t treat with a doctor your employer send you to. More often than not, the employer’s doctor does not have your best interests in mind.
*Choose a doctor you are comfortable with. If you see a doctor who you feel isn’t helping you, switch! You can switch doctors as often as you like, under WC.
* DO NOT SEE YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR IF YOU ARE INJURED AT WORK. FAMILY OR GENERAL DOCTORS ARE RARELY IF EVER FAMILIAR WITH THE WC SYSTEM… SEEING YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR CAN SCREW UP YOUR CASE!
*Instead, see a specialist. These include: Orthopedists, Physical Medicine and Rehab doctors, Neurologists, Chiropractors, and/or Pain Management Doctors. You can see more than one specialist at the same time!
*Since Workers’ Comp pays the doctor 100% of their bills, for as long as the treatment is allowed, see the very best specialist you can. Hospital clinics and walk-in clinics are also no-no’s for TREATMENT of a work-related injury!
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