Employee's Right To Choose Treating Doctor
Texas Workers' Compensation Medical Rules
The right to receive all reasonable and necessary medical care following a work-related injury is one of most important rights given to an injured Texas worker. Texas law goes even further by granting the right to be treated by a doctor of your own choice.
The basic rules are easy. Simply put, an employee has the right to choose which doctor becomes the "treating doctor" in his or her case. The Treating Doctor will be the medical provider who maintains control of the treatment received by the injured worker. The Treating Doctor will also refer the injured worker to specialists from time to time in order to further the medical progress of the case.
Often an injured employee is referred to the "Company Doctor" after an injury on the job. Too often, however, the so-called "Company Doctor" is only interested in furthering the best interest of the employer, usually at the expense of the injured employee. Some company doctor's will fail to properly diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in order to help the employer meet certain safety quotas. What's worse, company doctors will often return the injured employee to full duty or light-duty, when in fact, the employee should not work at all.
When an injured worker is taken to the company doctor, and continues to be treated by the company doctor for 10 days or more, then the company doctor becomes the "Treating Doctor" for the claim. So, it is important to find a good doctor as soon as possible.
If you have been injured on the job and are not happy with your current treating doctor, whether it's the company doctor or another doctor that you have already chosen on your own, seek help from a qualified Texas Workers Compensation Lawyer. A good workers comp attorney can quickly assist you in finding a doctor who sincerely wants to help you get back on your feet.