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Options If You Have a Bad Experience with a Work Comp-Approved Doctor


If you’re one of the many injured workers who feel neglected and need support navigating the confusing aspects of workers’ compensation, we can help.

Feeling like your workers’ compensation doctor is not listening to you or providing adequate care can be a frustrating and disheartening experience. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common complaint that we have heard from our injured clients.

If you’re one of the many injured workers who feel neglected and need help navigating the confusing waters of workers’ compensation, the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can help.

Why You May Have a Bad Experience with the Doctor

While many doctors in the workers’ compensation system are compassionate and qualified, some are overworked, underpaid, or may not prioritize the worker’s well-being. Additionally, some doctors may be biased towards the insurance company, prioritizing their needs over those of the injured workers.

Other common reasons you may have a bad experience with a workers’ comp-approved doctor include the following:

  • Language barriers
  • Cultural differences
  • Doctor’s lack of experience with certain medical conditions

What Can You Do?

Taking action is essential if you’re having a bad experience with your workers’ compensation-approved doctor. The first step is to voice your concerns to the doctor. Sometimes, a frank conversation can help you better understand the doctor’s perspective or help them see your side.

If you’re still unsatisfied with your care, changing doctors may be your only option. However, it’s not an easy feat. The insurer may suspect you of “doctor shopping” if your injuries are minor, and sometimes, the second doctor may be just as bad or even worse than the first.

That said, it’s essential to follow the proper procedure when requesting a change of doctors. The first step is to file a written request to change your doctor. The insurance company must respond within five days of receiving your request and provide you with a new option. If they don’t do this, you can choose your own doctor, and the workers’ compensation insurance provider must still cover all medical-related costs.

It’s important to remember that you can typically only change your doctor one time. Even if you don’t like the second doctor, you will have to continue seeing them for your medical treatment.

We’re Here for You!

Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be challenging, especially when dealing with an unresponsive or unsympathetic doctor. At the Law Office of James. M. Hoffman, we understand the frustration and uncertainty that you’re facing. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the system and ensure you receive the medical attention you need. We’ll work with you to explore your options and advocate for your rights. Don’t wait – reach out to us today for a free consultation.

Updated: June 15, 2023
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