Injured at Work: Can I Treat with My Own Doctor?
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Injured workers may not choose their own doctor so long as the Workers Compensation insurance company is providing treatment through one of its authorized physicians. If you try to receive treatment with an unauthorized physician, you may be responsible for payment of those services. Your health insurance carrier will not pay for treatment resulting from a workplace injury.
For example, an injured worker who hurts his/her back lifting a heavy box may sometimes be discharged from treatment prematurely. If so, he/she will be left without treatment. Workers compensation will not provide any more treatment because their doctor has discharged the worker and health insurance will deny the claim because it happened at work. At this point the injured worker must contact an experienced Workers Compensation attorney.
The Attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have experienced attorney’s to protect your interests in the various New Jersey Workers Compensation Courts, including Morris County, Union County, Middlesex County, Hudson County, Somerset County and Bergen County. It is our job to ensure that you receive all the benefits due you under the law. When you are left without medical care, we can file the appropriate motion with the Court of Compensation to allow a judge to review the medical records and determine whether or not further treatment is necessary. This process could be lengthy, unless the treatment is deemed emergent in nature, so it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.