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Treating Doctors in Texas Workers Compensation

After a work injury, you will need a "treating doctor" who provides you with medical care, coordinates treatment and takes care of compliance with workers' compensation requirements. Your doctor not only needs to help you recover from your injuries, but also will play an instrumental role in determining the type of workers' compensation benefits you receive. As a result, it is essential that you choose your physician wisely.

Your Workers Comp Doctor Impacts Your Benefits

  • Medical tests you need
  • Professional care you need
  • When you're clear to return to work
  • Temporary or permanent work restrictions
  • Your impairment rating you need
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Medical Assistance FAQs

Can I Switch Workers' Compensation Doctors?

Every state's workers' comp system is different. In most states, you can change doctors at least once. However, depending on where you live, there may be other limitations on your ability to change medical providers.

Who Chooses the Treating Doctor in a Workers' Comp Claim?

You may be able to choose your own doctor, or your employer (or its insurance company) may send you to its occupational doctor or clinic. If you're injured at work, report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Get medical treatment right away.

Why Is My Treating Doctor Important?

Your treating doctor's opinion will carry significant weight in your workers' compensation case. Unlike a doctor who examines you once, your treating doctor monitors your recovery over time. Your doctor will make important decisions in your case that will directly affect your recovery and benefits.

Should I Keep Detailed Records?

It's always in your best interest to keep copies of paperwork concerning your workers' comp claim, including work restrictions, letters from your employer or the insurance company, and completed forms (such as an accident report). While your doctors will create medical records documenting your treatment, work restriction slips are not always put in your medical records.

Why Consider Hiring a Workers' Comp Lawyer?

It can be difficult to navigate the workers' comp system, including when to accept a settlement offer and for how much. A lawyer can properly value your claim, negotiate with the insurance company, and represent you in an appeal, if necessary.