The unfortunate answer is that these are the only doctors whose opinions will be considered by a Florida workers’ compensation Judge or the insurance company when it comes time to providing medical care. Yes, you can hire an expert, and yes, if there is a difference of opinions between doctors the Judge might award a tie-breaker opinion, but these are not treaters who provide ongoing care.
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are complex and confusing, and what seems like a logical decision can affect your entire case. When considering treating with non workers’ compensation doctors, you need to weigh the risks and the rewards of such action. When you treat with a personal doctor, rather than the doctor provided by the workers’ compensation insurance company, you risk losing the right to workers’ compensation benefits including medical care and lost wages.
If you are not satisfied with the doctor provided to you by your workers’ compensation insurance company, you are not alone. If you are considering obtaining medical care outside of the doctors provided by work comp, it is essential that you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away. Do not risk losing the right to obtain the benefits to which you may be entitled to under the law.
If you have concerns about treating with a workers’ compensation doctor call us right away. We can help you determine the best course of action for you and your workers’ compensation case.