Changing Your Doctor
Guidance from an Orlando Workers' Comp Lawyer
One of the most uncomfortable aspects for injured workers seeking workers'
compensation is trusting their medical assessment and care to a doctor
assigned to them by their workers' comp carrier. Many patients feel
as if they are not getting proper attention, they need a second opinion,
or their voice is just not being heard. Because these patients are engaged
in workers' comp protocol, however, they feel they have little option
but to stay with a doctor they are unsatisfied with.
The truth is that in Florida, workers' compensation applicants do have
the option to change doctors and—in some cases—even chose
their own. At David E. Mallen, Attorney at Law, Attorney Mallen has dedicated
his entire career to helping injured workers receive the relief and resources
they deserve. If you are in the middle of a workers' comp claim and
believe you need to seek an alternate doctor, our firm can help you file
a thorough change request, stay in compliance, and maintain the viability
of your claim.
The guidance you need is just a phone call away.
Call 407.603.3211 today to speak with a dedicated Orlando workers' comp attorney.
One-Time Change Rule
Florida workers' comp law uses a "one-time change" rule when
it comes to allowing claimants to change their medical doctor. Workers'
compensation carriers are legally obligated to recognize that not every
doctor is a fit for every patient and that sometimes a second opinion
The one-time change rule works like this:
- Claimants can request to change doctors via a change request.
- The carrier has five days from the receipt of the request to approve the
change and provide a new doctor.
- After the five days, if the carrier has still not acted, the claimant can
choose their own doctor.
Our firm can not only help you make a compelling case in your change request,
but also help recommend reliable medical professionals in the event you
get to choose your own physician. No matter what the outcome of your change request,
Orlando Workers' Compensation Attorney David E. Mallen can ensure your best interests are looked after and your
claim continues to have the very best chance at an approval.
You do not have to remain with a doctor who does not suit you. Contact
our firm today to request a
free case evaluation.