If you have been hurt due to an on-the-job injury, you may have a lot of questions. What happens now? Who will pay my medical bills? Will I still have a job? Can I choose my owner workers’ comp doctor? Well, under workers’ compensation law, you may be able to choose the doctors who examine you.
Workers’ Compensation – It’s the Law
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, employees can expect the following from their employers:
- Employers must buy workers’ compensation insurance or ask the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”) for permission to self-insure.
- Companies must post notices about workers’ compensation in the workplace.
- Finally, employers must keep records of work-related injuries, reporting any accidents causing more than three lost workdays.
An injured worker may receive benefits that include:
- Medical care needed to help the workers recover from the injury or chronic condition;
- Vocational rehabilitation and maintenance benefits;
- Different levels of disability, like permanent partial, permanent total, and temporary total disability; and
- Death benefits for the family members of a worker killed by a work-related accident or exposure.
Illinois workers’ comp law also provides injured workers with the ability to choose their own doctors.
Understanding the Two-Doctor Rule
Your employer or its insurance company may pressure you to see their doctors. They may do this by “suggesting” a doctor to see or by telling you outright that you have no choice. This is wrong.
Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act you are permitted to choose the first two doctors you see. There are restrictions and exemptions to the two-doctor rule, though. The following health care providers may not count toward your two choices:
- Emergency room doctors;
- A company medical clinic, but only if you had no choice;
- Specialists if one of your two doctors referred you.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, learn more about choosing your own workers’ comp doctors.
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