Can I Choose My Own Doctor in a Cincinnati Workers’ Comp Case?

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Being able to see a doctor or medical provider you trust is critical to your healing and recovery. The workers’ comp attorneys at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., work hard to earn your trust as well. They take the time necessary to understand your case and give you the personalized attention you need. They also believe that physicians and medical providers should provide the same level of care and attentiveness to your situation. That is why their experienced attorneys encourage you to choose doctors and medical providers you know and trust.

Your workers’ comp rights

doctorWorkers comp lets you choose your doctor as long as they are certified with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). Your employer might try to choose a doctor for you, but you are not required to go to that physician. If you do visit a doctor your employer recommends, you have the right to change medical providers at any time.

You have rights when it comes to your choice of workers’ comp medical provider. If your employer tells you that you must use a doctor they pick, consult with a job injury attorney who knows what the law mandates. If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you might be required to seek initial treatment from a doctor in their network. However, you are usually entitled to select your own BWC-certified physician for continued care.

Knowing if your doctor is a certified medical provider under workers’ comp is essential. Many physicians display BWC Certified signs at their place of work. You can also go to Ohio’s BWC Provider Look-up website to find a certified doctor near you.

Advantages to Choosing Your Own Provider

There are important benefits to selecting your own medical specialist:

  1. You are more likely to interact with a provider whose bedside manner suits your personality and meets your interpersonal needs. Having a doctor you get along with helps your recovery process. Instead of dreading your doctor appointments, it can feel reassuring when you look forward to conversations with your specialist.
  2. You are more likely to find a doctor close by, making going to appointments less of a burden. On the contrary, if you let someone else choose your doctor, you could end up traveling long distances for your medical care.
  3. You can receive continuous care beyond your work-related incident. Some employees who need workers’ comp have additional or delayed complications resulting from their initial injury. Working with the same doctor can ensure you get the consistent care you come to expect.

Contact one of our knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys in Cincinnati, OH

Your BWC-certified physician plays an essential role in how well and quickly you recover from your workplace injury. When you have to deal with insurance and other elements of the workers’ comp paper trail, having a trustworthy doctor on your side can matter a great deal. You can add to your peace of mind by working with a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. We handle your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. To get advice on a new workers’ comp claim, call us in Cincinnati at 513.721.6500 for a confidential and free initial consultation. You can also send us a message to get in touch with a member of our legal team.