June 14, 2012 – Many attorneys and people forget or do not know that according to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, if your employer has not posted a list of medical providers you may select the doctor of your choice. However, if your employer has posted a list of at least six health-care providers in the workplace and the employer accepts your claim, regulations require you to receive your initial treatment from a doctor on the list if you want workers’ compensation to cover the medical expenses.
You must receive treatment from an employer-posted doctor, or a combination of doctors from the list, for ninety days from the date of your first visit. If the doctor recommends invasive medical treatment, you are allowed to seek a second opinion with a surgeon of your choice at the expense of the employer or the insurer.
After ninety days, you may select a new doctor, one not included on the employer’s list.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys Melissa Leininger with Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers in south central Pennsylvania can answer any questions you may have about whether you have about any type of work related accident and injury. Contact Melissa if you have any questions or need a workers’ compensation lawyer.