If you’ve been injured at work, your employer may recommend a medical provider for you. Many employees feel obligated to do what their employers suggest. But choosing a doctor is a personal decision, and under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law, you have the right to choose your own doctor.
When Should You Seek Treatment?
Even if your injury seems minor, it is important that you see a medical provider immediately for a work-related injury or at the first signs that you may have a medical condition caused by your job. The earlier you get treatment, the more likely you are to recover from your injuries. In addition, if you seek treatment early, it is less likely that your employer can argue that your injury was caused by something other than an accident on the job.
Which Doctor Should You See?
If you need immediate medical attention, you should go to the emergency room. But if your injury or condition is not an emergency situation, you need to make sure you pick the right provider. It’s important to have a good doctor-patient relationship as dealing with a workers’ compensation case can be an extended process. When looking for the right doctor make sure you look for someone who is
- Experienced and understanding of your medical condition
- Willing to work with the workers’ compensation fee schedule
- Has some knowledge of the workers’ compensation claim process
Most importantly you should select a doctor with whom you feel comfortable. You should not be afraid to ask your doctor questions, and your medical provider should be willing to address any concerns you may have. If you need help finding a doctor, a workers’ compensation attorney can assist you with recommendations.
Why is it Important to Choose the Right Doctor?
Although doctors chosen by employers and insurance companies are supposed to be objective, they have a financial relationship with the entities that refer patients to them. That’s why it’s important to choose your own medical provider. Your doctor will play an essential role in your workers’ compensation claim. Your doctor will make a diagnosis and determine a proper course of treatment. In addition, your doctor will have to write reports and sometimes give testimony that could affect whether you return to work and the types of benefits you will receive.
Choose the Right Workers’ Compensation Attorney
In addition to choosing the right doctor, you want to make sure that you choose the right workers’ compensation attorney to help you through the process. The attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LP have over 30 years of experience helping injured workers in Maryland. Contact us online or call us at 1-844-MDCRASH to schedule your free consultation.