Can I Choose My Own Doctor After a Work Injury in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When you sustain a work injury in Missouri, seeking medical attention promptly is necessary for your health and recovery. One question that often arises is whether you have the freedom to select your own doctor for treatment.

It is important to fully explore this topic to understand your rights and options.

Workers’ compensation in Missouri

In Missouri, the workers’ compensation system provides medical care and wage replacement benefits to employees who suffer injuries or illnesses arising out of and in the course of their employment. This system aims to ensure that injured workers receive necessary medical treatment without facing financial hardship.

Choice of doctor

The Missouri Department of Labor outlines the process of getting medical care after a work injury. These policies state that the employer and its workers’ compensation insurance provider have the right to choose the healthcare provider or treating physician for medical care covered under the terms of the policy. However, you also have the right to choose your own doctor at your own expense. you have the right to choose your initial treating physician. It is essential to notify your employer about your chosen doctor to initiate the workers’ compensation process.

Changing your doctor

If there is dissatisfaction with your initial treating physician or if you feel that you are not receiving appropriate care, you may have the option to change doctors. You generally need approval from your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier to switch physicians.

Consulting specialists

In some cases, your treating physician may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation or treatment. If you require specialized medical care, you have the right to see a specialist of your choosing, subject to approval by your employer or their insurance carrier.

In Missouri, you have the right to choose your initial treating physician after a work injury. However, choosing a healthcare provider other than one recommended by your employer or their insurance provider may result in less coverage for your treatment costs. Be sure to completely understand your rights and communicate effectively with your employer to ensure you receive proper medical treatment following a work injury.

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