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DO I GET TO PICK MY OWN DOCTORS IN A WORKERS’ COMP CASE?

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Under Florida law, the employer’s insurance carrier generally gets to choose the doctors that you treat for your work injury.

Most workers who are hurt on the job make arrangements to go to the nearest Emergency Room or someone makes the arrangements for them. After the initial ER visit, the employer’s workers’ comp carrier will typically choose a walk-in clinic for you to continue your treatment. After undergoing an initial evaluation, diagnostic studies, and a course of physical therapy, most injured workers are then referred to a specialist, usually an orthopedic surgeon. Once again, the workers’ comp carrier gets to select the orthopedic surgeon or other specialists. The workers’ comp carrier gets to choose the doctors you treat with, unless:

1. You require emergency medical treatment.

2. The carrier doesn’t send you to a doctor within a reasonable time after a request in writing.

3. The insurance carrier has a managed care arrangement, in which case you get to select a doctor within their managed care network.

4. Your workers’ comp claim is initially denied.

If you are unhappy with your treating doctor, you do have the right to request a change in doctor, commonly referred to as a one-time change in physician. You are only allowed to request a change once in a case. The insurance carrier gets to choose your new doctor unless they fail to authorize a new doctor within 5 days of a request in writing. If they fail to timely authorize, you get to select the change in physician.

When you and the carrier have a dispute about your medical care, either or both may request an Independent Medical Examination (IME). However, you are only entitled to one IME during the pendency of your case. Although you do get to select the IME physician, you also have to pay for the examination out of your own pocket. The IME is limited to one visit. If the carrier is under a managed care arrangement, the carrier is responsible for paying for the IME.

If your injury does not fall into one of the categories described above, still give our office a call. We offer free consultations and we do not charge you unless we win your case.

Each case presents with difference facts and circumstances. This is why it is important  to talk to an attorney immediately after being injured. Call us at (941) 748-5599 or contact us via email at attorney@allinjurieslaw.com. We serve clients in Bradenton, Parrish, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and elsewhere in Southwest Florida.

Vanessa Castro Viera
Vanessa Castro Viera
November 3, 2023
I had the privilege of working with Kelli Martinez as my personal injury attorney, and I can't express enough how grateful I am for her exceptional guidance and support throughout the entire process. From the moment I first contacted her to the conclusion of my case, Kelli demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring my rights were protected and that I received the compensation I deserved. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation for personal injury cases.
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Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
October 19, 2023
I am so pleased with the service and care Mr. Murphy has shown. Always has time for a phone call , emailed questions are answered so quickly , it is refreshing. I had guidance every step of the way. My Case was settled quickly and effectively. Everyone that is in this off is is exceptional! Thank you so much
amanda reese
amanda reese
October 17, 2023
Mr. Murphy and his team were amazing to work with. In a stressful situation they were on top of making sure I understood my options and walking me through the process when I’d stress out. He fought to make sure I was fairly treated and not just another person swept under the rug and forgot about. I highly recommend him if you ever need and hope to have a timely resolution and team that is top notch.
Ana Maria Araujo
Ana Maria Araujo
October 12, 2023
I am very grateful to Ed Murphy for accepting my case against work compensation, otherwise I wouldn't have had another doctor for a second examination and I would have been at home without being able to work again. I am thankful for all the work Ed and his assistant Jessica have done in my case. I am very happy with the service, every time I called I was treated very nicely by the front desk staff, Kelly. Thanks
Carlene Overacker
Carlene Overacker
October 6, 2023
I highly recommend Mr. Murphy. He immediately responded to the issues I was having with my workers compensation case. He reached out to me in a timely manner. I was always able to get ahold of him via the phone and emails. I never felt rushed in our meetings and conversations. He was professional and courteous. I am very satisfied how quickly I received my settlement.
Erica Aghoian
Erica Aghoian
September 22, 2023
I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy with your worker's compensation case. From day one he took the time to explain all aspects of the case, listened to my questions and concerns, and kept me up-to-date as the case progressed. I believe he was able to achieve the best possible outcome with my case, and I couldn't be happier to have worked with him. I had never hired an attorney before, but he immediately put me at ease and had my trust. Great experience from start to finish!
Patricia Lara
Patricia Lara
September 12, 2023
I can't say enough how much help Ed Murphy was during such a difficult situation. From day one he was understanding and made us feel at ease. He helped us achieve the most positive out come in our law suit with workers comp. If you ever need assistance I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy!
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Trust Cleaning Inc
August 15, 2023
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