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New York Workers Comp Attorneys Helping Injured Workers Choose a Qualified Doctor

Workers’ compensation insurance provides you with crucial treatment and lost wages for your work-related injury. However, to recover these important benefits, you must follow certain rules. The workers comp attorneys at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco can advise you of the guidelines for remaining eligible for workers’ compensation, including choosing your doctor, obtaining the right documentation and filing your claim successfully.

What Treatments and Medical Professionals Are Covered?

Generally, traditional practitioners and treatments are covered, but only as necessary to treat your particular injury or illness. Depending upon your medical condition, you may be covered for such medical care as:

  • Diagnostic tests, including x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and blood tests
  • Doctor evaluations and follow-up appointments
  • Specialists who treat your condition
  • Surgical procedures
  • Hospital services
  • Physical therapy, rehabilitation and occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • Mobility devices, such as crutches or wheelchairs
  • Medical devices, such as prosthetics, hearing aids and implants
  • Psychiatric care

How Do You Choose the Right Doctor for a Workers Compensation Claim?

As with health insurance, only certain practitioners are authorized by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. However, within this scope, you do have the right to choose your doctor.

We recommend checking the NY Workers’ Compensation Board online platform to be sure the doctor you choose is authorized under the workers’ compensation plan. The agency does not recommend doctors; rather, you are responsible for performing due diligence as to the doctor’s credentials, experience, qualifications, geographic location and other criteria. You would follow the same procedures to choose a specialist, if necessary, to treat your injuries.

You want a doctor you can trust and feel comfortable with. But, your personal doctor may not be on this list, so it is important to check the list before making an appointment. The agency maintains a searchable database that includes all the doctors it has authorized.

When Can Your Employer Choose Your Doctor?

Your employer is not permitted to make the choice of doctor for you and may be charged with a misdemeanor for interfering with your right to choose a practitioner. This rule is suspended during an emergency in which you are unable to obtain your own care, such as if you are rendered unconscious or have sustained a life-threatening injury. Once the emergency has passed, you may choose to switch to another doctor or remain with the initial physician. If your company’s insurance is a PPO, you may need to choose a doctor within its network, but may switch to another workers’ compensation-authorized doctor after 30 days.

Learn More About Choosing a Doctor From the Experienced Workers Comp Attorneys at Our Firm

Do you have questions about the workers’ compensation process? The workers comp attorneys at our firm can explain the requirements and steps at a no-risk, free consultation. Contact Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco today to schedule your free appointment. We have offices in Manhattan and Nassau and Suffolk County. 

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