As a dedicated workers' compensation law firm, one of the most common questions we hear from our clients is, "Can I use my own doctor for my work injury?" Under Pennsylvania law, the answer is "maybe." Having dedicated his career to helping injured workers, Philadelphia workers' comp attorney Richard A. Jaffe has the knowledge help you understand your situation and determine your best course for obtaining medical treatment.
Contact our workers' compensation law firm for strong advocacy by an attorney with 26-plus years of experience. Call us today at 215-268-7348 or 866-959-8856.
The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act states through its medical cost containment regulations that for an employer to control where an employee goes for medical treatment the employer must:
- Create a list of at least six different health care providers that must include at least three physicians.
- Display this list where all workers can see it.
- Have an injured worker sign a required notice as soon as possible after being hurt on the job.
If the employer fails to follow the above steps, then the employer cannot tell you were to go to get medical treatment. In our experience, nearly 90 percent of injured workers are treated with a company doctor when they are not required to do so.
The Benefits of Using Your Own Doctor
You know you are better hands when you are able to see your own doctor for any injury, work-related or not. You feel more comfortable with your doctor; you will likely speak more freely with your doctor, and you will get more comprehensive treatment focused on making you better, instead of forcing you back to work too early.
These benefits should not be given up lightly. If you feel you have been wrongfully required to see your company's doctor, reach out to our law firm today.
Call Our Philadelphia Workers' Comp Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Contact attorney Richard Jaffe today to learn more about seeing your own doctor for a work-related injury. We offer free initial consultations to all new clients.