Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Larose, LA
Attorney for Workers’ Compensation Claims in Larose, LA including for Medical Benefits
Does My Injury Need To Be Treated By A Specific Doctor to Receive Workers’ Comp Benefits?
When you’re injured in the workplace, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. Your employer may insist that you see one of their pre-approved physicians or clinics or face the consequences of not being paid workers’ comp benefits.
Louisiana’s Workers’ Compensation laws state that you have every right to choose your own doctor and your employer cannot prevent you from doing so.
However, your employer is allowed to appoint a doctor to issue a second opinion, in which case you would need to agree to the examination.
Additional restrictions you may face is that you can only see one doctor per specialty. For example, you can’t see two rheumatologists for a back injury, but you can see a rheumatologist and neurosurgeon.
Choosing your primary physician is crucial to build a strong claim. Your employer’s doctor has one goal: to get you back to work as soon as possible. It’s important to find someone you trust and who is sympathetic to the limitations your injury imposes on your ability to work.
If you do not have a primary doctor, Wanko Law Firm can provide referrals appropriate for your condition and work with them to build your claim.
In the event that your doctor and the workers’ comp doctor disagree on the severity of your medical condition, you can request an Independent Medical Examination (IME) which will be conducted by a neutral doctor.
Under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to compensation for reasonable and necessary medical care including but not limited to:
- medical tests
- hospital and clinic visits
- mileage to and from medical appointments
Call Wanko Law Firm today (985) 893-6530 to schedule a Free consultation to discuss your case and find out what your next steps should be. We will guide you through every step of the process — from choosing a doctor to filling out forms to obtaining maximum compensation for your medical care.
For more information on the legal services Wanko Law Firm provides, click here: Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Larose, LA.