Your employer’s insurance carrier has the right to direct you to a doctor of its choice, but this does not mean you cannot see your own doctor.
If for some reason your employer or its insurance carrier doesn’t provide options for treatment, you can seek treatment on your own and ask that that doctor be declared your treating physician.You can also see your own doctor in addition to the insurer’s doctor, which you should do if you have a primary-care physician.
It is important for you to follow the instructions your employer-assigned healthcare provider gives you regarding treatment, including making it to all appointments. Failure to do so could jeopardize your workers’ comp claim.
If you disagree with the course of treatment an employer-assigned doctor prescribes, you may need a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you appeal to the state workers’ compensation board. For example, if your assigned physician says you have recovered and can return to work, but your doctor thinks otherwise, you may challenge your assigned physician’s orders before the workers’ compensation board.