Work Comp, Doctors, and Medical Treatment: The Facts
Workplace injuries put your job, health, and livelihood at risk. Seeing the doctor may seem simple, but the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system has rules about which doctors can treat your work-related injury. We've taken some commonly asked questions and answered them to help you navigate this complex legal system.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to see a company doctor for medical treatment of a work-related injury?
If your employer posts a list of company doctors at your place of work, you must see one of these doctors during the first 90 days of treatment. If you don't use a company doctor for the first 90 days, workers' compensation doesn't have to pay your medical bills.
Ninety days after seeing a company doctor for the first time, you may choose your own doctor. You need to tell the workers' compensation insurance company who your new doctor is within 5 days to make sure that your doctor gets paid. But, your employer may request that you still see one of their company doctors once every 6 months.
You can also refuse to allow a representative of the workers' compensation insurance company to be present during examinations with your doctor.
If your company does not have a panel of doctors posted, you may see your own doctor from the very start of your treatment.