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FAQ

Can an attorney help me get the medical care that I need?

In most cases. Too many injured workers get referred to company doctors and clinics who are unsympathetic at best. Additionally, the insurance company will use utilization review to deny and limit medical treatment. A workers’ compensation attorney will evaluate your case and injuries and help you select an appropriate treating doctor. You cannot and should [...]

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Utilization Review (UR)/Independent Medical Review (IMR) – Denials of treatment

Denied medical treatment is front and center in the workers’ compensation debate regarding whether injured workers’ are treated fairly. The purpose of the system was to provide timely medical care and get injured workers back to work quickly. Our legislators, with the help of the insurance companies, have created a system where injured workers suffer [...]

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What can I do if I don’t like the company doctor?

If there is a Medical Provider Network, you have the right to change to another physician within the network. However, it is very difficult to get access to the Network list. The adjusters make it hard to get the entire list. They prefer to control your choice of doctor by giving you part of the [...]

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Do I have a right to pick my own doctor?

California law states that the insurance carrier can choose the treating doctor during the first 30 days of the workers’ compensation claim. This usually means you are receiving treatment from US Healthworks, Concentra or Kaiser Occupational Medicine Unit which usually are in the business of sending injured workers back to work without providing diagnostics (MRI, [...]

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