Am I required to go to the company's doctor?

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:37 pm
Frequently an employer will direct an injured employee to a specific doctor or clinic for medical attention and care. If you are injured on the job and have notified your employer of your injury, you may be able to choose your own medical care. In many states, if your employer has not posted a list of medical providers in a conspicuous place at the job site, you will be able to select your own doctor. Even if the list is properly posted, there may be provisions in the workers' compensation law that allow you to change physicians with the approval of the State Workers' Compensation Board. In other states, there is no requirement that you go to a specific doctor chosen by your employer. However, different states have different requirements regarding the medical care that your employer is responsible for paying. Be sure to understand the requirements of the state where you work before you incur expenses that may not be reimbursed by your employer. For more information on workers' compensation, contact a qualified attorney.

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