Workers' Compensation

Why can’t I pick my own doctor?

Workers' Compensation

Under North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier gets to select the treating physicians if the claim is properly accepted. However, if the insurance carrier does not accept the claim properly, they lose this right and you may go to a doctor of your choosing.In certain cases, you can petition the Industrial Commission to allow you to change doctors. You may be allowed to change doctors if you can show that you have been with their doctors for a reasonable period and made little or no progress. It has been our experience that workers’ compensation insurance carriers do not readily agree to second opinions by doctors that you choose. If you want to pick your own doctor, you usually have to involve the Industrial Commission.However, you are allowed to pick your own doctor if you have been given a permanent partial impairment rating and you want a second opinion to that rating.

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