In many states the workers’ compensation system allows employees to see their regular doctor, however in Iowa, the employer has the right to choose the medical provider for employees who are injured or become ill at work.
Although you may not be able to see your regular doctor for a work related illness and injury under Iowa workers’ compensation, your employer does have a duty to provide prompt, reasonable care without causing you any major inconvenience. Furthermore, all medical expenses for your work injury or illness provided by the employer approved doctor will be covered.
Of course there are situations where a worker can change or choose their doctor. This option typically arises when the employer approved care is not appropriate or sufficient, you have concerns that you have been misdiagnosed or treated, and in situations where the provider is at too great a distance from your home. Depending on the situation, you may want to request a different provider altogether or at least get a second opinion if you have any concerns about a diagnosis or suggested treatment.
Your health and the health of a family member is important and receiving the best care can make all the difference following a workplace injury. If you are considering a change in providers following a work injury or illness, it is best to work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help you prepare and present your case for alternative care. The Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of John T. Hemminger have helped many clients navigate the workers’ compensation system successfully to improve their overall care and the benefits they receive. Contact our offices today for a free consultation of your case at 515-283-2116.
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