I was hurt on the job in DC and my company says I have to go to Concentra for medical treatment. Is that true?

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You Do Not Have To Go To Concentra For Medical Treatment After Your Injury.Do I Have To Go To Concentra For My Work Injury in DC?

A lot of employers will tell you that you have to go see their doctor or list of doctors after you get hurt at work in D.C. - the problem is, under D.C. Workers Comp law, that just isn't true.

Just yesterday, a private security guard with serious orthopedic injuries to her back and shoulder after a fall at work came to us with this very question.  Her job's HR person told her she had to go to Concentra for medical treatment for her injuries.  The HR person said workers comp insurance would not pay for her treatment otherwise.

That's just a lie.

In D.C. workers compensation cases, the injured worker gets to choose his or her own physicians - there is no panel of physicians like in some states, or approved list of physicians, or network - or anything like that.

Why Does Your Job Want You To Go To Concentra For Your Work Injury?

Because Concentra is a company of medical clinics that work for employers.  All of the people who go there have a work injury - that is where they get all of their patients from.  

According to your website, they specialize in "Occupational Medicine" or treating people who get hurt at work.

Think about that for a second.  Is that a real specialty like orthopedics or neurosurgery? How would the location of where you got hurt matter to your diagnosis, whether you need surgery, your treatment plan? And ask yourself, why would your job want you to go to this place? 

The Concentra website even says they will even make it easier for you by "helping you navigate the worker's compensation system."  

Will they be helping you or the workers comp insurance company that pays the bills?

You Can Choose Your Own Doctor Under DC Workers Compensation

If you've had a serious injury on the job in DC, you owe it to yourself and your family to get the best medical care available.  With so many hospitals and doctors practicing in the DC area, with so many specialists, especially in orthopedics and neurosurgery, you can choose any one you want - a doctor who you are comfortable with and who has your best interest at heart.

Most physicians specializing in trauma and injuries take workers comp insurance, so you don't even pay a co-pay.

If you do go to Concentra, you should ask about the specialty and qualifications of the doctor (if you see one) who is treating you and, like any doctor, make sure they are qualified and experienced in treating your injury - whether it's a herniated disk in your back, fractured ankle, rotator cuff tear - no matter what the injury, there is a specialist for it.

But you should also know that if you do continue to treat with a doctor the insurance company or your employer sends you to, it will be hard to switch doctors later.  At some point, the Office of Workers Compensation will say you have elected, or chosen, that doctor and he or she will be considered your treating physician for your work injury.

So know you have a choice.

Get The Attorney Who Wrote The Book On DC Workers Comp As Soon As You Can.

DC workers comp is a complicated system that you don't want to go through alone if you have a serious injury at work that threatens your career, or is permanent, or you need surgery. 

In addition to the DC Workers Compensation Act, there are case law decisions and 58 chapters of regulations interpreting the statute, and an agency of the D.C. government administers it. 

You don't want to make a mistake that could cost you everything you've worked hard for.  And you don't want to be nervous, anxious and worried about whether the workers comp insurance company is taking advantage of you (that is their job).

So get your case, your benefits, your medical treatment squared away from the beginning so you can focus on getting better.

Call us today at (202) 393 - 3320.  There is no charge unless we win or settle your case. And even if we can't help you, we'll send you a copy of our book on the workers comp system and some other great information.

But don't wait - the workers comp insurance company already has experienced adjusters, lawyers, nurses, doctors, case managers and investigators on their side - probably working to deny, delay or limit your benefits and medical treatment right now.

Call or contact us today to get started.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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Experienced DC Workers' Comp, Long Term Disability & Accident Lawyer