The doctor who treats your workplace injury will be responsible for monitoring treatment and assessing your capacity to work and live. They play a big role in determining whether or not you receive compensation and how much you are paid. Make sure you know how to choose the right doctor to support your injury claim.
- Step 1: Seek Medical Assistance if Needed
If your injury is severe and constitutes an emergency, seek medical assistance from the nearest available physician. You will be permitted to change doctors should you decide to do so later once you are stabilised and no longer in danger.
- Step 2: Know Your Rights as a Worker & Patient
You have a right to choose which doctor you see for your workplace injury claim. You are not required to go to a medical professional chosen by your employer. In fact, this is not recommended. You are also not required to authorise your employer to speak to your doctor.
- Step 3: Consider Doctors You Know
You may already have a doctor you see regularly and trust with your care. This is a good place to start when looking for someone to manage your workplace injury claim. You are permitted to use a doctor that you already see.
- Step 4: Choose the Best Doctor for Your Injury
If you do not currently have a doctor in mind, look for those who are experienced in treating your type of injury. They will be able to provide an accurate assessment of the damage and will be less likely to overlook the severity or possible long term effects of the injury.
- Step 5: Make Sure Your Doctor is Unbiased
Before choosing a doctor, make sure they are unbiased and will provide an honest assessment of your injury. Doctors recommended by your employer or the insurer may be motivated to keep claim payouts to a minimum.
If you have questions about choosing a doctor for a workplace injury claim, contact Carew Lawyers to learn more about your rights as a patient and employee.