You work for an employer who has opted out of providing workers’ compensation insurance and you suffered a workplace injury. What do you do next? If your employer provided workers’ compensation benefits, you could be required to be treated by a doctor chosen by the company. However, when you work for a non-subscriber employer, your choices for medical treatment are different.
Can You Pick Your Doctor When Injured and Filing a Non-Subscriber Workplace Injury Claim?
One of the rights you have when you work for a non-subscriber employer and are injured on the job is to pick your own doctor to treat your injuries. Your employer cannot dictate the physician that you see. However, this does not mean that your employer will not try to pressure to see a certain doctor. Do not feel that you must do so. If your employer was even one percent negligent in causing your injuries, your employer will be responsible for compensating you for your medical care—by a doctor that you choose.
What Happens If Your Non-Subscriber Employer Offers Medical Care to Injured Employees?
Some non-subscriber employers do offer medical care by their doctors to employees who are hurt on the job. In this situation, your rights are not as clear cut. The following rules could apply:
- If you entered into a contractual agreement with your employer to receive medical care by a doctor to be provided by your employer, you could be required to be treated by a company doctor.
- If your employer voluntarily offers medical care to injured employees but you did not enter into an agreement to use these services, you probably will be able to pick your own physician to treat your injuries.
Do you need to file a claim for compensation for injuries when working for a non-subscriber employer? Our experienced workplace injury attorneys have helped many workers fight for the compensation they deserve from non-subscriber employers. Contact us online or call us directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We help injured victims throughout Texas including Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, Irving and all points in between.