Change in Physician
Upon your written request, the Workers’ Compensation carrier must
give you the opportunity for one change of physician during the course
of treatment for your work-related accident. The Workers’ Compensation
carrier will pay for the new physician.
Once the change in physician is granted and the employer or carrier notifies
the original doctor of the change, the original physician loses authority.
The worker’s compensation carrier must then authorize an alternative
physician not professionally affiliated with the earlier physician
within 5 calendar days after receiving the worker’s request. You can select the physician
if the carrier doesn’t provide the name of the new physician.
Attorneys typically will not recommend that a hurt worker change doctors
during the early,
clinic stage. If you choose to change doctors at that time, you cannot again
change doctors at the more important
specialist stage of your case and treatment. The second physician after your one-time
change stays the doctor on the case, unless the claimant moves or the
initial treating physician no longer takes workers’ compensation
cases or withdraws from the case for another reason.
Please see Florida Statutes, Section 440.13(2)(f) for more information
regarding your right to a one-time change in physicians. If you have any
further questions about such rights, and whether you should seek a one-time
change in physician, the worker’s compensation attorneys at LeavenLaw
are happy to assist you.