When you have been injured or diseased on the job and covered under Workers’ Compensation in Ohio, in addition to having a variety of monetary benefits available to you under the claim, the claim should afford you full payment of all reasonably related and necessary medical charges for treatment of the allowed or recognized conditions in the claim. The injured worker should not have to bear any expenses the evaluation, diagnosis, of treatment of the injuries that are covered – no co-pays, no deductibles, and nothing out-of pocket.
Many people are not aware that they have the right to choose their own doctor for the purposes of rendering care under a claim. If you are covered under a Workers’ Compensation claim in Ohio, you are not required to treat with doctors chosen by your employer or its representatives, a managed care organization, or by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). In the latter scenario, far too often it seems that physician chosen for the injured worker as opposed to by the injured worker are more concerned with what will benefit the employer or the BWC (i.e., cost savings), as opposed to what is in the best interests of their patient.
If an injured worker chooses to exercise the right to choose her/his own doctor, the only restriction is that the physician selected must be BWC certified, meaning that they are willing to take and handle Workers’ Compensation cases and comply with the policies and procedures set forth by the law and rule here in Ohio.
The BWC website provides an up-to-date list of BWC certified physicians both inside and outside of Ohio. Please note that not all providers who are BWC certified are necessarily friendly or favorable to injured workers. When in doubt, it is always wise to contact an experienced attorney to determine if the physician you are contemplating is the right one for you.