Can I Choose My Own Work Comp Doctor in North Carolina?
Dealing with the aftermath of a work injury or illness is never easy, and when you’re stuck trying to get your workers comp claim approved, it can be downright devastating to learn that your employer and their insurance company are the ones who will be choosing your physician. Below, we discuss your workers comp doctor and when you’ll have the opportunity to see the doctor of your choosing.
Your Workers Comp Physician
When you first notify your employer that you’ll be seeking workers compensation benefits, your employer and their insurance provider will be the ones to choose your physician. Many times, they will routinely work with a specific doctor’s office or hospital, or they may give you a list of physicians who you can choose from.
Keep in mind that this physician will most likely be on the insurance company’s side. This means that you may need to get a second opinion if they give you an impairment rating that you believe is unreasonable.
Choosing Your Own Doctor
You’ll be able to select your own physician in cases where you need a second opinion. Due to the fact that the physician the insurance company chooses will be effectively working for them, they may not take your condition as seriously as it should be taken.
Particularly in situations where you’ve been given an impairment rating that just doesn’t fit the severity of your injury or illness, you should always exercise your right to choose your own doctor.
It’s important to note that should you require a second opinion, your employer and their insurance provider will be responsible for covering the costs of your new exam. You will also need to petition the North Carolina Industrial Commission for approval before moving forward with your new doctor.
Get Help from a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer
If you are in a situation where you feel obligated to get a second opinion from your own physician but your employer’s workers compensation insurance company is giving you a hard time, reach out to a qualified North Carolina workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A.
We proudly offer prospective claimants like you an opportunity to schedule a free claim evaluation to discuss the details of their case. You can give our office a call at 252-752-7785 or fill out the brief contact form below to take advantage of your free evaluation today.