If your employer had a valid Panel of Physicians posted in a conspicuous place when you were injured, then you – not your boss – are entitled to select your Authorized Treating Physician from the Panel of Physicians. If your employer did not have a valid Panel of Physicians posted when you were injured, you — again, not your boss – are entitled to select your Authorized Treating Physician; but in this instance, your employer cannot limit the list of physicians from which you can choose.
You are also entitled to make one change of physician without the consent of your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company. If your employer had a valid Panel of Physicians, you can make this change to another physician on the Pane; but if it did not have a valid Panel, you can make a change to any physician you choose. There are some exceptions to these rules, so if you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.