Do you need to visit a workers compensation doctor to file a workers compensation claim? Yes. That doesn’t mean that you need to go to a doctor when you fill out a workers compensation report.
When should you fill out an accident or injury report at work? Anytime you have an injury of any kind, even one that seems to be minor, you should fill out an accident report with your supervisor immediately. You never know whether or not an injury that appears to be minor could end up causing you complications in the future.
For example, what if you get a splinter in your finger? That’s minor and you probably won’t have to visit a doctor if you can pull it out. But, what if that finger later becomes infected? If you fail to report the injury when it happened, you’re going to have a much more difficult time filing a worker’s compensation claim.
Minor Injuries May Not Require You To Visit A Doctor
Every employer is different, but most employers will not want to waste resources sending you to the doctor for a minor injury that can usually be effectively treated using basic first aid techniques. Most companies have some kind of policy in place to evaluate injured workers before determining whether or not they need to be seen by a medical professional.
In these cases, as long as you never need to go to the doctor or suffer any lingering injury issues, you won’t need to file a worker’s compensation claim. But, you should still fill out an accident report as a precaution. You never know when an injury could turn out to be more serious than you first thought that it was.
You’ll Need To See A Doctor If You File A Workers Compensation Claim
Why would you file a worker’s compensation claim following an accident? You’d file a claim because you need any or all of the following:
- Medical care and treatment
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for temporary or permanent disability
If you’re claiming any of these types of damages, you’re going to need a doctor to verify that you have suffered a serious injury that deserves compensation. No employer is going to write you a check when you tell them you’re injured and can’t work, but you refuse to see a doctor.
How Does Medical Treatment Work With A Workers Compensation Case?
If you’re injured on the job you have the right to medical treatment. Does that medical treatment have to be at a doctor of your employer’s choice? That varies from state to state. But, in most cases, you will have to see a company appointed doctor. At least initially.
However, following your initial evaluation and treatment, you can usually visit a doctor of your choice for a second opinion or for continuing treatment. That means that if you aren’t happy with the company doctor, you have the right to find a doctor that you’re more confident in.