If you were injured at work, the insurance company or your employer might tell you that you have to see an “approved” doctor or a workers comp doctor. Some may refer you to a “Workers Clinic” for treatment. Do you have to go?
According to DC law, NO.
These “clinics” that contractors and insurance companies send injured workers to are usually not places where you can get the best medical care for your injury. First of all, these places receive a majority, if not all, of their patients from the insurance companies. Would they ruin their relationship with the insurance companies by recommending expensive tests and referrals that the insurance company will have to pay for? Probably not.
You have an absolute right to choose your own physician, and a specialist if your injury or condition calls for it. It is extremely important to start with a physician who is knowledgeable and who will get you the treatment and tests your injury requires.
This is your health and your future. Know what your rights are so that you don’t make a mistake that ends up hurting your health and your finances (like going to a workers clinic for medical treatment). Order Protect Your Rights: The Ultimate Guide To DC Workers’ Compensation by clicking here or calling us today at (202)393-3320.