At the Law Office of Brian D. Tadros, workman’s compensation consultations are always free. We are happy to answer questions about your individual situation via phone, by appointment at our Orlando office, or at your location. We will examine whether you need the assistance of a lawyer and plan how best to proceed with your workman’s compensation case.
One question we hear a lot from those who are injured at work:
Can I go to any doctor I wish?
This is a great question to ask before running off to get non-emergency medical care connected with your case and assuming it’s OK. Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is no.
If the insurance company accepts your case, it picks the physicians authorized to treat you. However, in workers’ compensation cases, you are allowed a one-time change of physician. That is to say — in one instance only — you can request a different physician from the one assigned to you.
The insurance company then has five days to notify you of the alternate physician. If the insurance company does not get back to you within five days, you can then select the doctor, but he or she must be in the same area of medical specialty as your originally assigned physician. In other words, if you were being treated by an orthopedist and requested a one-time change and didn’t hear back from the insurance company within five days, you can choose your one-time change physician, but the physician must be an orthopedist.
Additionally, you can choose a physician to evaluate you and give testimony in your case — called an independent medical examiner, or IME. An attorney can help you select your IME physician to make sure that you select a doctor who is competent to render an opinion in your case. You are allowed one visit with this doctor, and the appointment is at your own expense. That physician cannot treat you but can provide testimony regarding your injury. This testimony is used to establish entitlement to lost wages and further care and treatment.
Feel free to call the Law Office of Brian D. Tadros to set up a workman’s compensation consultation. And don’t forget, you have limited time to report an accident.