You Have the Right To Choose Your Own Treating Physician After an Injury at Work in DC
First of all, every worker hurt on the job in D.C. has the right to choose their own physician. The workers' comp insurance company can't just send you to some doctor or clinic, even though they might try. However, you do have to be careful. Once you have made the choice of a treating physician, it may be difficult to change doctors (or at least difficult to do so quickly). If you have already been treated several times by the insurance doctor or a different doctor and would like to make a change, you can request a hearing with the Office of Workers Compensation to get the change in physician approved, but this can take several months. If the workers comp insurance company agrees to the requested change, you can begin treatment with the new doctor. If not, you will have to win the hearing in order to change your doctor.
In summary, if you were hurt in DC you do get to choose your treating physician, even if your work "assigns" you a doctor. In Maryland you also are permitted to choose your own doctor. In Virginia, you can choose from a panel of three physicians.
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