After sustaining injuries in a workplace accident, your medical care is a top priority. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the medical professional who treats you, and having a pleasant medical experience is essential for your recovery. If you have suffered a workplace injury in California, you can choose your own doctor, but only under certain circumstances.
We understand the aftermath of a workplace injury can be complicated. Our experienced legal team at KCNS Law Group may be able to help you through your workers’ compensation claim, including the process of choosing your own doctor. If you do not qualify to choose your own doctor at first, we are prepared to assist you in changing your doctor as well.
If you have been injured at your workplace in California, you may be able to choose your own doctor for treatment. However, you must meet certain criteria to do so. According to Cal. Labor Code §§ 4600, this criteria includes the following:
If you do not predesignate your doctor before your injury, you will most likely not be able to choose the physician you see. If your employer uses a medical provider network (MPN), you can choose a doctor from that list for your treatment.
If your employer uses a healthcare organization (HCO), you will probably be treated by a doctor within that organization. If your employer doesn’t have either of these networks, the claims administrator can select the doctor you use for the first 30 days of treatment.
It’s crucial for your case and for your health that you make a full recovery after your workplace injury, and a doctor you like is essential to the healing process. Therefore, if you cannot choose your doctor immediately after your injury, you do have the option to change physicians depending on the type of insurance your employer uses. The process of changing your treating doctor include the following:
Because your ability to change your treating doctor depends on which type of insurance your employer offers, it’s important to know which one your employer uses. This determines how you can change your doctor if you do not predesignate one before you are injured.
Finding a doctor you feel comfortable with is vital for your recovery and your workers’ comp claim. We understand the steps following a workplace injury can be stressful, so we are here to assist you throughout the claim process and help you understand when you can and cannot choose your own treating doctor.
At KCNS Law Group, we have offered high-quality legal services to California residents for decades. We believe in protecting the rights of workers and defending them in difficult times. We are committed to building the strongest claim for you and getting the care you need. Give us a call at (818) 937-9255 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.