Second Medical Opinions for Worker’s Compensation Injuries
An article that appeared in the Durant Democrat describes a workplace accident that claimed the life of a man. Workplace accidents occur every day and, tragically, some of them result in fatalities. However, what if you are an injured victim who survived a workplace accident and you feel that a doctor did not adequately diagnose the extent of your injuries? Are you able to get a second medical opinion for a work injury?
In California, doctors in the state’s worker’s compensation system are required to supply evidence-based medical treatment, which means that they must choose treatments proven effective for work-related illnesses and injuries. They must follow treatment guidelines described in a medical treatment utilization schedule, which is a list of treatments best for injuries and illnesses.
Employers are also required to follow a program called the utilization review to ensure that a doctor’s plan for treating your injuries is medically sound. In most circumstances, an employee will have their worker’s compensation injuries treated by a doctor in the company’s health care network.
However, if you or your worker’s compensation claims administrator disagree with the doctor’s diagnosis or treatment, the doctor is required to address those disagreements. You may then be required to see a qualified medical evaluator who will conduct an examination of the diagnosis and prescribed treatment.
Many people injured in a workplace accident choose to consult with an experienced California accident attorney who can explain their rights under the law and California’s complicated worker’s compensation laws. If you’ve been injured and have questions about your rights and options, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas.