Using Your Own Doctor for a Work Injury
When on-the-job accidents and injuries occur, it can reassuring to go to a medical provider you know and trust, rather than one you are referred to by your employer. Workers’ compensation benefits in Nebraska may cover these treatments, but there are certain factors you need to be aware of that could influence your eligibility.
Under Section 48-120 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes , workers who are injured on the job do have the right to seek medical care from their own family doctor or other health care provider. However, this right only applies in certain cases:
● When you have an established relationship with a physician who has previously provided you with routine health care and medical treatment for other injuries, illnesses, or chronic conditions you have had in the past.
● When a particular doctor has previously provided ongoing medical care for an immediate family member, such as a parent, spouse, or child.
As long as the doctor has maintained you or your family member’s medical records and can provide a documented history of the doctor/patient relationship, workers’ compensation will pay them for the costs associated with any medical care or treatment you need due to your job related injuries.
Be aware that if you do not have an established relationship with a doctor, your employer may refer you to one of their providers, either through a managed care plan or other medical network. Employers are required to inform you of your right to select your own doctor when an injury occurs, and if they fail to do so, you may be entitled to switch providers.
Following the rules and guidelines set forth by the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court is crucial in getting the benefits to which you are entitled. This includes seeking immediate medical care for any work-related injuries you suffer, either through a medical professional referred by your employer or through your own doctor.
When visiting you own physician for on-the-job injuries, there is certain information you will want to make sure is noted in your file:
● The date when you were injured on the job and the circumstances leading up to it;
● The exact nature of the injuries you suffer and the symptoms you experience as a result;
● Detailed reports on medical testing or treatment your doctor recommends and your prognosis for recovery;
● Recommendations regarding work and activity restrictions.
At Andres Law Offices, PC LLO , we know the crucial role workers’ compensation plays in providing for yourself and your loved ones when on-the-job injuries occur. To help ensure you get the benefits to which you are entitled, contact our Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney and request a consultation to discuss your case today.