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Can you see any doctor for a work injury?

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

When an employee in Massachusetts is injured on the job, they want to rest assured that their employers can provide them with workers’ compensation. These are funds used to pay for injury-related medical services. However, issues may arise when an employee wants to see their own doctor.

The harsh reality of workers’ compensation is that it comes with a lot of strings attached. The most frustrating one includes not being able to see your preferred doctor right away. However, because of a variety of legal routes found within the law, that option can go either way. Can you see any doctor for a work injury? Read on to learn further on why the answer is not always a solid yes or no.

Losing eligibility

One of the most common fears people have is losing their ability to collect workers’ comp. That is why so many won’t even mention wanting to see their own doctor. This fear usually comes from employers wanting you to first be evaluated by their own doctors before you venture off into looking at other medical professionals. The evaluation is used to determine how severe your injuries are, and employers want that from a professional they trust. However, your employer must provide you with a list of “preferred doctors” you can see. If they fail to do so, then you are allowed to choose your own doctor.

Need additional treatment?

In some cases, employees will find that their injuries are more extensive than they originally thought. They will be asked to look at other medical professionals who are much more qualified to take care of their issues, but is that allowed? This is something that an employee must request from the insurance company that is taking care of the workers’ compensation issue. Unfortunately, many of those requests get denied, and instead, workers are asked to take further medical exams to show proof of their injuries.

Time is critical, especially when you injured and have no means to pay for those services. Having an attorney may help in these types of situations as professional guidance may be the difference between collecting your deserved benefits or waiting weeks for an answer that might not be in your favor.