How do I choose a doctor to treat my on-the-job injury? Can I pick anyone I want?

 

A:

It depends on whether or not your employer provides workers' compensation medical care through a certified workers' compensation health care network. If they do, there is an approved provider list for your network, and you must choose from that list. They should just give you the list of participating doctors, but if they don't, make sure you ask for it so you can choose someone to treat you as soon as possible. 

If your employer does not provide workers' compensation medical care through a certified workers' compensation health care network, you are on your own to find a doctor. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) makes a few recommendations to help you:

  • If you have a primary care doctor, ask them if they treat workers' compensation patients. If they do, you are in luck and don't need to look any further. If not, see if they can recommend a doctor or help you find one. 
  • Google is a wonderful thing. Search for workers' compensation doctors in your area, and you'll probably even be able to find ratings from other patients. Their websites should say that they take workers' compensation patients, but be sure to ask when you call to make an appointment. 

The TDI also notes that only doctors licensed to practice in Texas may treat workers' compensation injuries and illnesses. 

If you have been injured at work, and you want to take legal action, contact Austin's Straight Law for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.