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Q: How long must an injured worker treat with the doctor picked by the employer?


Generally speaking, if the employer has provided the injured worker with a list of panel physicians, the injured worker must treat with one of the physicians for the first 90 days of treatment. After 90 days of treatment (calendar days, not 90 separate visits to a medical provider), the injured worker can begin treating with a doctor of his own choosing and the workers' comp insurance will have to foot the bill, assuming the injury has been accepted, the treatment is related to the accepted work injury, and the treatment is deemed reasonable and necessary.  

If you're nearing 90 days from the date of your injury, or you just need advice about if/why you should consult another medical opinion, contact the experienced team at Schmidt Kramer in Central Pennsylvania today for a free consultation.