According to a story reported by the Florida Record, an injured worker’s second request to change doctors after a workplace injury has been denied. In a decision by the First District Court of Appeal, the court upheld the lower court’s decision to deny the worker’s request to change doctors because he had already been granted a one-time change of physicians. The injured employee had previously requested a change of doctors when his authorized orthopedic physician retired and the insurance company authorized another doctor. The employee alleged that he should be allowed to change doctors again to return to a doctor with the practice of his original doctor. The court denied the request because the worker had already been granted a one-time change of doctors.
The Insurance Company Assigns the Doctor
When you are injured in a workplace accident in Florida, the workers’ comp insurance company for your employer has the right to send you to a doctor of its choice. You may request a change of doctors; however, you are only entitled to change doctors one time. If you do not seek treatment from the authorized physician, your claim could be denied, and you would be responsible for all costs of the medical treatment for your on-the-job injury. Therefore, if you want workers’ comp benefits for your injury, you must use the physician chosen for you by the workers’ comp insurance company. This may seem unfair, but it is how the workers’ comp laws are written in Florida.
What Should I Do If I Disagree with the Doctor?
If you have requested a one-time physician change and you still disagree with the doctor’s findings, you may have other courses of action. However, each case is unique, and you need to seek the advice of an experienced Florida workers’ comp attorney. Failing to attend appointments, consent to prescribed treatments, and follow the doctor’s instructions can be grounds for your claim to be denied. Before you make any decisions or take any actions, it is in your best interest to get legal advice from an attorney who understands Florida’s workers’ comp laws. The steps you take could have a significant impact on whether you receive workers comp benefits for your injury. Our Boca Raton workers comp lawyers can help you determine the best course to take to protect your health while also protecting your right to receive benefits for an injury that occurred on-the-job.
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Our office offers free consultations for employees who have been injured at work. We want to provide you with answers to your questions and help you seek the benefits you deserve after being hurt at work. Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.