My Workers Compensation Provider Hasn't Found Me a Doctor...
by Diane (Florida)
I had surgery 2 weeks ago for an open compound fracture to my pinky. I was told to see a specialist hand doctor in 2 weeks. The workers compensation provider has not found a follow up hand specialist for me to see, let alone gotten an appointment.
What choices do I have? My hand is still wrapped and stitched from surgery.
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ANSWER for "My Workers Compensation Provider Hasn't Found Me a Doctor...":
Your employer is supposed to have a list of physicians for you to choose from. We suggest you contact them again. You should keep a record of the times you contacted them, with whom you spoke, and the nature of the conversation.
If you are not provided with the name and address of at least one physician within a reasonable amount of time we suggest you tell the insurance adjuster you must see a physician now, especially if you are concerned for your health and more specifically, the condition of your hand.
If they cannot give you the name of another hand specialist, or orthopedic surgeon, you should ask for permission to seek out a physician yourself. Tell the insurance company you want them to consent to the visit and agree to pay the medical costs you will incur. Be sure to ask them for a written confirmation of their consent.
Additionally, you should find out if the physician you are about to see will accept Workmans Compensation insurance.
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