If you injure yourself at your place of employment, you must take the following action:
You should attend each and every appointment with your doctor, physical therapist, etc.
Missing medical appointments is a sure way of losing your benefits. It is very important that you visit your doctor as often and for the duration he or she advises. Follow your doctor’s treatment instructions and do not stop seeing your doctor until you have been discharged from further treatment. The reasons are two-fold:
Keep a written log to track the dates of each and every visit to medical providers such as hospitals, doctors, physical therapist, etc., which result from your workers compensation injury; include the mileage to and from each visit. You are entitled to receive payment for mileage for those visits and should maintain a written compilation of the dates, names and addresses of the medical providers, and round-trip mileage for each visit. On a monthly basis, mail them to the insurance company requesting mileage reimbursement.
The insurance company normally schedules an “independent medical examination” for you with their doctor if you have been receiving workers compensation benefits for an extended period of time. You are required to attend such appointments, and the insurance company is allowed to request termination of your benefits if you do not attend. However, the insurance company can only schedule two (2) IME per year. Do not be fooled into believing that this is a second opinion for your benefit. You are entitled to obtain a second opinion from a doctor of your choosing.
The Workers Compensation insurance company may hire a rehabilitation/vocational counselor to work with you to either
You have the right to choose your own physician for injuries you incur at work. You also have the right to obtain a second opinion from a physician of your choice in addition to the Independent Medical Evaluation(s) requested by the workers’ compensation carrier.
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