Answer: What you should definitely NOT do is to get treatment from another doctor. Treating with a different doctor without the permission of the employer or its insurance company makes it look like you are not cooperating with the workers’ compensation process and can cause your payments to stop. There is no guarantee that your employer will have to pay the doctor you chose, and even if he performs an expensive procedure, the burden may fall on your shoulders. A request to change doctors may require a motion and sometimes a hearing. Unless the employee agrees that you can go to another doctor, it’s best that you call a lawyer to help you get the medical care you need.
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