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Choosing a Doctor After a Work Injury

The workers’ compensation process begins the moment you notify your employer of an injury while performing your duties or traveling for your job. Your employer will already have a list of physicians ready for you, a list of approved, “authorized treating” doctors who are in the network for workers’ compensation insurance companies.

This means that should one receive treatment with a doctor who is outside of the prescribed list may or may not be covered founder workers’ compensation. To ensure that your claim is given the proper attention and that you receive the amount of compensation deserved for your injuries, you should first consult with a knowledgeable Ft. Lauderdale workers’ comp attorney.

What Is Covered?

If your incident required you to obtain emergency medical care, then you will be allowed to visit with that doctor first. However, after the initial visit, the insurance company will assign you a doctor from the pre-approved list. Florida law will only allow claimants on workers’ comp claims to receive treatment from this network; otherwise, the applicant will be responsible for paying his or her own treatment(s).

Workers’ compensation is meant to cover the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Disability
  • Prescribed medications
  • Mileage reimbursement (for traveling to and from treatment)
  • Death benefits

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The regiment for your medical treatment will depend entirely on the type of injury or illness sustained, the severity of it, and how the doctor chooses to respond to the situation. The doctor will then prescribe the course of treatment, which could mean anything from therapy and rehabilitation to a round of medication, such as antibiotics for bacterial infections. It is at that point that the insurance company or the employer will provide payments for these treatments until you have reached “Maximum Medical Improvement.”

You have the option of switching doctors at any point if you are ever unsatisfied with the one who has been assigned to you. Keep in mind, however, that the laws in Florida only allow a switch to occur once.

Contact Us Today

The doctor will be relying on you to give a full overview of your symptoms. This is what will allow the doctor to prescribe the right course of treatment for you. As always, should you have any questions about the workers’ compensation process, call us right away!

We can assess your situation to determine what benefits are available to you. Knowing that workers’ compensation laws can be quite difficult to work through, we can decipher some of the laws so that you know what to anticipate.