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Law Office specializes in Worker Compensation in Redding and Susanville, CA and surrounding Shasta and Lassen Counties.
So, you have been injured at work, and the employer has recommended you to see a doctor. In Redding, this is likely ROMC, or another walk-in clinic. After seeing the doctor several times:
Or one of many other complaints arises about your primary treating physician. What are your options?
- The doctor is rushing you back to work.
- The doctor is not spending any time with you.
- The doctor doesn't seem to hear your complaints.
- The doctor ignores your complaints.
- The doctor seems to just want to help the insurance company.
- You want to see your own doctor.
Planning Before the Injury:
You have the right to pre-select your treating doctor in the event of an industrial injury. This is generally in the initial paperwork you fill out with new employment. If not given in the initial paperwork often the personnel department or the person in charge of workers' comp should have the proper form. Click Here for a copy of the predesignation of physician form.
However, many of you reading this have already had a work-related injury and need to change your primary treating physician (PTP) for your Redding Workers' Compensation Claim.
Changing PTP Following Injury:
The labor code requires employers to provide you with medical treatment following an industrial injury. As part of that treatment, you must use the doctor the insurance company selects for a minimum of 30 days. So, if you did not predesignate, you must wait 30 days.
After waiting the 30 days you can choose a new doctor. If you believe you are not getting the care you deserve or for whatever reason want a different doctor from the insurance company doctor, you can request a new doctor. Generally, the doctor must be within the Medical Provider Network (MPN) of the employer. The company must provide you a different doctor with in 5 days of your written request. If they don't - you can choose your own doctor.
Many times, rather than just asking for a change of doctor, it is better to request a list of doctors within the insurance companies provider network. Then you can select the doctor you would like off this provider list.
If you are having difficulty changing your work comp doctor, not able to find a primary treating physician, or have questions about your work-related injury, please contact our office for a FREE consultation. We will advise you of the rights and benefits available to you and answer any questions you have about a finding a new doctor.
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