You Get Your Choice of Doctors
Are you suffering from a work injury or occupational disease? You probably have one goal in mind: to recover as quickly and completely as possible. You want to be treated by the doctor of your choice. Perhaps that is a family doctor you have trusted for years. Perhaps it is a doctor whom you have researched and determined is best equipped to treat a condition like yours. Illinois workers’ compensation law allows you to choose your doctor.
For more than 60 years, Porro, Niermann & Petersen, LLC. has been protecting the rights of injured employees in Illinois and throughout the western suburbs. We will make certain that your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company does not interfere with your right to choose your doctor. We will address all medical care and return to work issues.
Referrals to Specialists
Many work injuries cannot be treated by a general practitioner alone. In fact, many conditions may require treatment from a variety of specialists. For example, a worker who suffered a spine injury may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon may refer the worker to a neurologist for an EMG and to a radiologist for an MRI, as well as to a physical therapist. As long as the chain of referral exists, the employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company are responsible for covering the cost of treatment.
When Your Employer’s Doctor Can See You
While you are never obligated to speak to your employer’s doctor, you may be required to submit to an examination. An employer’s doctor can examine you prior to a hearing for the purpose of determining the extent of disability or if you are receiving weekly benefits (sometimes referred to as temporary total disability benefits or TTD benefits).
Requests to be examined by an employer’s doctor are often the first step on the path to denied workers’ compensation claims. Our lawyers fight these denials.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation With a Illinois Medical Rights Attorney
Call us at (630) 264-7300 or send us an e-mail today to discuss your case with an Illinois workers’ comp attorney. No fee if we don’t win your case.