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Medical appointments
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I was injured at work in July.   

My gp referred me to a pain management specialist, which I can't get into until November.  An appointment became available sooner, and my employer wouldn't let me take it because it wasn't outside of work hours.   I now have to wait until the end of November to go to the specialist.   Is it illegal for an employer to say an injured worker can't go to a medical appointment?   

And does a rehabilitation person have a right to go to an injured worker's medical appointments?
 
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#2
Probably.
The worst they could do is dock you if you don't have enough leave.
File a complaint with the labor commissioner.
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(10-28-2016, 09:19 PM)Mandarin Wrote: I was injured at work in July.   

My gp referred me to a pain management specialist, which I can't get into until November.  An appointment became available sooner, and my employer wouldn't let me take it because it wasn't outside of work hours.   I now have to wait until the end of November to go to the specialist.   Is it illegal for an employer to say an injured worker can't go to a medical appointment?   

And does a rehabilitation person have a right to go to an injured worker's medical appointments?

Every state has different laws and you did not list yours.

In my state you do not have to allow anyone to be in the room during a medical appointment. You should call an attorney to find your rights because your right to privacy during a medical  appointment I would think is a right most would have. Have you asked the doctor, do I have the right to be in this appointment without this person?
I am not an attorney.Anything I write should not be considered legal advice.I am writing from my own personal experiences,which is not from any sort of legal background. You should consult with an attorney over legal issues. In California, if you cannot get an attorney you can consult with an I&A officer.
 
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(10-28-2016, 10:11 PM)1171 Wrote: Probably.
The worst they could do is dock you if you don't have enough leave.
File a complaint with the labor commissioner.
I've been told by my employer that it's better to make medical appointments outside of work hours.   A specialist appointment came up for this week, at a time my employer said I have to be at work.   Therefore, I wasn't allowed to accept the appointment.   I now have to wait a month until I can see the specialist, at a time that's outside of work hours.   In the meantime, I'm dealing with a painful back.

My employer has now acquired a rehabilitation consultant, to help get me back onto fulltime duties.    He has to attend all my medical appointments.   My mother believes he has no right to attend my appointments because of privacy.   I guess this guy has a job to do, and he has to get me back to fulltime duties.   Have been working part time since my fall at work in July.
 
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#5
It might be better for him but it's still your decision.
If you have to take time off,  talk to your doctor. Let the carrier know so they can stArt disability.
Have the consultant make a separate appointment, again it's your choice to be there when they talk to the doctor or not.
They don't have be present for the exam. they can wait to talk to the doc afterwards.


You should post your state as rules are different for each.
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........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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