Choosing the Right Doctor After Your Work Injury

  1. Workers' Comp
  2. Choosing the Right Doctor After Your Work Injury

If you’ve been injured at work, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Once you have reported your injury to your employer, they will likely require that you be examined by a doctor. A refusal to submit to a medical examination could derail your benefits. There are requirements in Nevada when it comes to finding a doctor. You must select a doctor that is covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, you do not have to stick with the first doctor you see. You have until 90 days after your injury to select another doctor. But how do you know you’re choosing the right doctor for your work injury?

Experience With Workers’ Compensation Claims 

You should always try to work with a doctor that has experience handling workers’ compensation claims, as evidence from the doctor will be the most important part of your claim. Most doctors that are on an employer’s approved list are on the list because they have workers’ compensation experience. However, not all experience is the same. When you see the doctor, ask questions about their experience, and see if you feel comfortable.

Listening and Answering Your Questions

One of the most important things to look for in a workers’ compensation doctor is someone who will listen to you and answer your questions. If you’ve been injured in a work accident, you probably have questions about your treatment. A doctor should listen to your concerns and address them during your appointment. You should never feel rushed through an appointment.

Good Communication

If you’ve been injured at work, it is likely the doctor will have some instructions for you or will need to run some tests. Make sure you find a doctor that clearly communicates to you what you need to do to treat your injury. If you leave the doctor’s office confused about your next steps, then it may be time to find a different doctor.

Objectivity

While the doctors on the employer’s approved list are supposed to act objectively when it comes to your examination and treatment, there is a financially rewarding system of referrals between the doctor and the insurer. If you feel that your doctor is acting in a biased manner regarding your injury, you should consider changing doctors and talk to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney about your options.

Contact GGRM. We Can Help.

If you’ve been injured on the job and have questions about your choice of doctors, you should consult with the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at GGRM. We have over 50 years of experience helping injured workers. To set up your free consultation, contact us online or call us at 702-978-7641 today

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