Under the Nebraska workers’ compensation laws, you may have the right to choose a family doctor to treat you for your work-related injury.
You may choose a doctor who has treated you or an immediate family member before this injury happened.
Immediate family members are your spouse, children, parents, stepchildren and stepparents. The doctor you choose must have records to show that past treatment was provided.
If you want to choose your doctor, you must tell your employer the name of the doctor you choose. You need to do this as soon as is practical after the accident or as soon as your employer gives you the notice of the right to choose your family physician to treat you for your work injury form.
If you are in need of immediate medical attention and or emergency medical care, you have the right to obtain care immediately.
If you, or your family, do not have a family physician, then your employer has the right to choose the doctor to treat you.
However, if your workers’ compensation claim is denied for any reason, you have the right to choose any doctor to treat you for your injury.
Any time you are faced with a major surgery recommendation for your injury, you have the right to choose the surgeon to do the surgery. You can choose any surgeon.
If you have any questions about your medical rights please feel free to contact us.
Read the previous blog posts in the workers’ compensation basics series by clicking on these links:
- What is Workers’ Compensation?
- Workers’ Compensation Basics: Are You an Employee?
- Workers’ Compensation Basics: What is a Workers’ Compensation Accident?
- Workers’ Compensation Basics: Provide Notice of Injury
- Workers’ Compensation Basics: Understanding Medical Care and Treatment
- Workers’ Compensation Basics: Choosing a Physician