Can I See My Own Doctor While on Workers’ Compensation?

South Carolina workers’ compensation laws require nearly all employers to cover workers for on-the-job injuries. The workers’ compensation insurer should pay 100 percent of all related medical treatment costs. Because the workers’ compensation insurer is paying the bills, the injured worker loses some control over the medical treatment plan.


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As one of our lawyers explains in this video, you must go to a physician that the insurer and your employer have selected to provide treatment.

Seeing a Doctor on Workers’ Compensation

Although you have to see the doctor your employer and insurer refer you to, you are entitled to reasonable, professional quality medical care. This means that the doctor must be a licensed professional and must provide you with appropriate treatment for your injuries.

One way to ensure that you are getting appropriate treatment is to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Our attorneys can make sure you undergo an independent medical exam (IME) with a physician of our choosing who we know and trust.

In the video, we explain that the major benefit to an IME is that you are seen by a doctor who is not on the payroll of the insurer and who is not beholden to the insurer or the employer.

If you believe you are getting substandard medical care, that your doctor is looking out for the insurer’s interests instead of your health, or that you are being denied treatment you deserve, you need to talk to an attorney right away.

The laws in South Carolina are designed to protect workers. Your health shouldn’t suffer because you are dependent on an employer and workers’ comp insurer to pay your medical bills after a workplace injury.

To learn more about how an attorney can help you get the care you need, call Joye Law Firm now or fill out our online contact form. The consultation is free.

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