It is important to make sure that you are
aware of what medical care you are entitled to receive and how you are to
receive it. Remember, the doctors who treat your medical condition will also
make decisions about whether or not you are entitled to further disability and
indemnity benefits. The treating physician and primary care doctor is very
important to your case. Your primary treating physician is the one who can
prescribe medication, refer you to other physicians, take you off work or
return you to light-duty work, or order whatever medical necessary care is
It is important that you give each and
every doctor you see an accurate history of your injury and the facts
surrounding the accident or injury on your initial visit. Be sure to give a
complete and accurate history of any prior related medical condition that the
doctor asks about. You should do this if you suspect that the information may
be used to show that your present medical problems are due to previous
A treating doctor may affect your case in
several ways. The most important is that a treating doctor will decide whether
your injury or symptoms occurred on the job based on the history you give them
and their examination. Next, the treating doctor has the power to say whether
you need any further treatment or should stay off your work or need to see
specialists. Also, your treating doctor, whether it is your initial primary
care physician, or other specialist, determines whether or not you have a
permanent condition or whether you can return to work.
Disputes in this regard can occur because
you may not agree with the physician or you may not just like the physician.
When this occurs you are entitled to a second opinion.
The treating physician is required to send
written reports to the insurance company to keep it apprised of your condition
and prognosis. They are required to file a report and thereafter give periodic
medical reports concerning your condition.