In my daily conversations with injured workers, I am amazed at how few people know their right to control medical care after a work injury. While many states still use closed panels of doctors, injured workers in Wisconsin have a choice in deciding which doctor to see after an injury.
Current Wisconsin worker’s compensation law allows for employee choice of physician, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, podiatrist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
This free choice extends to two practitioners (and any referrals to another practitioner from either of these two doctors) except by agreement with the employer.
Trust between a physician and a patient is important in providing quality medical care with good outcomes. If employers direct injured employees to “their” specific practitioner or facility, employees may be less open about their condition or symptoms.
This freedom of choice is a successful component of the worker’s compensation system and is favorable for the state’s injured workers. However, there is a recent push by insurance carriers and employers Continue reading