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Can I choose my own doctors for my workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania?

When an employee has a work-related accident that causes the to suffer and injury or illness, they may file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer. In Pennsylvania, the exclusive remedy for a work-related accident is workers’ compensation. The employer’s workers’ compensation insurance compensate the employee for medical treatment, disability benefits, and wage compensation while the employee is out of work. However, the employee must be able to prove her injury or illness with documentation of medical diagnosis and treatment.

Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, employers can provide a list of their designated health care provider. The employee must chose medical treatment from the providers on the employer’s list. The employer’s list of providers must comply with the guidelines of the Act. The medical providers must be geographically accessible and the area of medicines must be related to the medical problems of the injured employee. The employee can switch among the providers on the list, but the employer may tell the employee which provider to choose. If the employers medical provider list fails to comply with the law, the employee can choose her own healthcare professional.

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