Being injured in the workplace presents many obstacles. You must deal with your employer and filing a workers’ compensation claim, and this involves communicating with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. You also have to deal with seeking medical treatment for your injury or illness, and oftentimes, you don’t have a choice of what doctor or healthcare provider to receive treatment from. You may like your primary care physician and wish to seek treatment from him or her. However, as part of filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be required to seek treatment and evaluation from a doctor chosen by your employer and/or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
Kansas Law Regarding Choice of Doctor
Under Kansas workers’ compensation law, if you are injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer is allowed to designate what doctor you will see for medical treatment of your work-related injury or illness. This doctor is then considered to be authorized to treat you, however, if your employer fails to designate a specific doctor for you to see, you may then choose your own doctor. Finding the right doctor that will give you an honest opinion about your condition can be tricky. Therefore, it is important to seek the aid of a worker’s compensation attorney to ensure you are receiving adequate healthcare from the doctor your employer has chosen.
Many people have concerns about having a doctor chosen for them, and for good reason. There is a fear that the doctor is working in the best interest of the employer, and may seek to downplay the severity of your condition. Or, the doctor may try to say that your condition existed prior to the work-related injury and this information may be used to deny you workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to remember that workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so you do not need to prove that any particular person or employer caused your injury. As long as you suffered the injury while on the job, you should be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, the cost of being out of work, and assistance in job placement once you recover from your injury or illness.
Because workers’ compensation claims can be complicated, it is sometimes easy for injured workers to be taken advantage of. By seeking the assistance of a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney, you will have assurance that the doctor you are seeing must evaluate your condition honestly and cannot seek to provide you with a medical opinion that is in the best interest of your employer. Before you file a workers’ compensation claim, you should speak with an attorney to make sure Kansas law is followed and your employer is not taking advantage of you.
Contact Michael R. Lawless, PA Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
A workplace injury can leave you feeling helpless. You need a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney by your side to assist you in receiving the compensation that you deserve. If you or someone you know has suffered a work-related injury, contact Kansas workers’ compensation attorney Michael R. Lawless today. With 27 years of experience, Michael R. Lawless will review each and every unique fact of your potential claim and will provide you with the advice you need to move forward. He will work diligently to ensure you are receiving the care and compensation that you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, contact our Lenexa, Kansas office by calling (913) 681-5566. You may also reach us toll-free by calling 1 (800) 734-3771, or contact us online, and someone will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you get back on track.