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Employee Information

Dealing With Your Doctor


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 needed.

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 problems.

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.



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