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Can I Choose My Own Doctor for a Workers' Compensation Claim?


Even the most cautious employee may find themselves sustaining an injury in an unexpected accident in the workplace. When this happens, there is no time to waste in immediately seeking top medical care. Many employees don’t realize the doctor who treats them plays a priceless role in determining the outcome of their workers’ compensation case. In fact, many valid claims having been denied due to the testimony and reports given by a medical professional. Choosing your own doctor for your workers’ compensation claim is critical in obtaining the maximum benefits you deserve.

Why It Matters

Though your employee cannot refuse responsibility for your workplace injury or illness, they may attempt to devalue or undermine the severity of your claim. The doctor who treats you will verify your condition to confirm an accurate and effective course of healing. This is particularly influential in your case because your doctor’s findings will confirm how much time you need to recover, whether or not you have lasting disabilities, and other important facts about your condition.

In the state of California, you may be eligible to seek the expertise of your private doctor under the following strict circumstances:

  • Your healthcare insurance covers all medical treatment, including those related to workplace injuries
  • You have pre-designated this information to your employer
  • Your primary care physician has agreed in advance to provide care for workplace injuries

There are some extreme and emergency situations in which an injured employee may bypass these qualifications to select their own doctor. These exceptions strictly include insufficient care, a lack of prompt treatment, conflicting opinions about your diagnosis, etc.

Injured in a Workplace Accident? Contact Our Dedicated & Compassionate Attorneys Today

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it may feel as though you are out of options. However, nothing could be further from the truth. With the Law Offices of Wax & Wax on your side, you can focus on healing and getting back on your feet while we handle the complexities of your case with ease.

Would you like to schedule an initial case evaluation with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney? Call (818) 946-0608.

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