When you’re hurt, it’s important to have a doctor that you trust. In Louisiana, the rules surrounding workers’ compensation put the power to select a treating physician in the hands of the injured employee — not the insurance company or the employer.
There is a catch, however. As long as your employer notifies you that you have the right to select your own physician, they’re still free to try to steer you to a list of doctors they recommend or prefer. Should you accept treatment from one of these physicians, they are considered your chosen treatment provider — and switching providers after you’ve started isn’t easy when you’re on workers’ comp.
Why does all this matter? Well, some doctors are more “employer-friendly” than others. When a physician receives a significant number of their referrals or income from a specific employer or insurance company, they may be disinclined to appear too sympathetic to injured victims. That could hurt their bottom line.
The reality is that physicians may disagree about what constitutes necessary treatment, what kinds of injuries are disabling, what kinds of workplace limitations are reasonable and more. Some may be skeptical of every workers’ comp patient that comes through their doors, while others may be more focused on care.
It’s incredibly important to your future to choose a physician that is focused on your care, not on your employer’s concerns. If you’re injured at work, exercise your right to pick a doctor that has your best interests at heart.
If you’re struggling with a workers’ comp claim and your employer or the insurance company is being unfair, get help. An attorney here in Covington can protect your rights.