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Can I choose My Own Doctor For My Workers Comp Case?

Posted by James Aspell | Jan 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

When you are injured while doing your job, whether at the workplace or on the road, you may think that in order to receive workers' compensation benefits you need to use your employer's designated physician, but that is not always the case.

Under Connecticut law, you are able to choose your own attending physician, but only AFTER you visit your employer's designated office or facility.  You must be seen by the employer's designated office or facility for your initial medical treatment.  This is a critical step in filing your workers’ compensation claim.  If you refuse to be seen for initial medical treatment at your employer's designated medical facility you may forfeit your rights to your workers' compensation claim.

The good news is that once you have had your initial medical treatment you can then choose your attending physician to perform medical procedures beyond the initial treatment.  

If your employer participates in approved medical care plan the physician that you choose must be within a list of physicians in that plan.  If you choose a physician outside of the plan a workers' compensation commissioner may suspend all rights to benefits being paid out.

If your employer does not participate in an approved medical care plan you may choose any medical professional who is licensed in Connecticut.  This medical professional includes;

  • Chiropractic
  • Medicine
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Podiatry

It does not matter whether or not your employer participates in an approved medical plan or not, it remains your choice as to who you see as part of your medical treatment.

If you've been injured on the job, a member of our experienced team or Board Certified Connecticut workers' compensation attorney will help you with your Claim.  Call us today!  

About the Author

James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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