Can I Choose My Own Workers’ Compensation Doctor for My Greenville Workers’ Comp Claim?
If you’ve been injured on the job and are filing a workers’ comp claim, you may be wondering if you can pick your own doctor. You may already have a good relationship with a family physician, or perhaps you’re more likely to trust a doctor you pick yourself. Here are some frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation doctors and medical care.
Can I see any doctor I want during my workers’ comp claim?
The short answer: no.
Not if you want the visits and treatment to be covered by workers’ comp, that is. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission states that in order to receive benefits including compensation for surgery, hospitalization, and prescription medication, “you must go to the doctor chosen by your employer or its insurance representative.”
This means that your employer, or more likely, its insurance company, will choose not only the doctors you see, but also the facilities where you receive treatment.
What if I don’t like my workers’ compensation doctor and want a new one?
The SC Workers’ Compensation Commission suggests you contact your employer’s insurance company to request a different doctor. You also have the option of requesting a hearing with the Commission, which you can do by completing WCC Form 50. At the hearing, a Commissioner will listen to your complaint and make a determination.
What if the doctor they chose for me is far from my home?
You are entitled to reimbursement for travel to doctors and pharmacies if the round trip distance from your home is over 10 miles. As of January 1, 2017, the reimbursement rate is 53.5¢ per mile.
Can I go to my doctor in addition to the workers’ comp doctor?
Yes, you can, but be aware that workers’ comp won’t cover the medical bills, and it’s possible any other health insurance you have won’t cover it, either, since the injury or illness is covered under workers’ comp. In that case, you will be liable for paying all doctor and hospital bills yourself.
Before anything else, speak with a Greenville workers’ compensation attorney
Johnnie Fulton and Andrew Barr, of the law firm Fulton & Barr, are experienced Greenville workers’ compensation attorneys who can answer your questions and help you navigate the complicated world of workers’ compensation. If you have been injured on the job or have developed an illness from workplace conditions, you have only a limited time to file a workers’ comp claim in order to get the medical care and compensation you deserve.
Contact Johnnie and Andrew today by calling their office at 1-864-235-3154 or contact us online today.