You have the right to see your doctor without a representative of your employer, the managed care organization, or the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation present.
If you have been injured at work in the last few years, you might have encountered a situation in which a nurse case manager or some other person connected with your employer or the employer’s managed care organization has asked to be present during appointments with your doctor. I have talked to many clients who were told that the managed care organization’s case manager had the right to be present while examinations and treatment were being carried out. This is simply not true.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the employer, and the managed care organization are entitled to medical information which is relevant to your claim. Such information is often necessary in order for the Bureau to award and pay compensation and for the managed care organization to approve testing or treatment requested by your doctor. While representatives of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the employer, and the MCO are legitimately entitled to obtain medical information concerning your claim, that does not mean that they have the right to be present when you are undergoing medical evaluation or treatment for your work-related injury.
Your relationship with your doctor is private, and no one has the right to be in the room during appointments with your doctor unless you consent to it.
If you are dealing with a work-related injury, it is essential to know your rights. To assist you in understanding your rights Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. is pleased to offer the Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights. To download your free copy, please click here.
If you have further questions, or would like to learn more, please visit Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. on the web or call us at 419-843-2001 or 567-455-5470.