Approval Of Medical Care And Your Legal Rights
Under Illinois workers’ compensation law, employees injured on the job or who have suffered a work-related injury are entitled to receive medical treatment. The major stipulation is that the doctor or chiropractor must be listed by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission as an approved medical provider.
The primary drawback to this benefit is that the provider list is approved by the workers’ compensation insurance providers. That means that the medical providers are paid by the insurance companies. In short, it may be in your doctor’s best financial interests to declare that you must return to work before you feel you are ready.
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Selecting A Medical Provider
Under certain conditions, you may be allowed to change medical providers; however, your new provider must also be approved by the Workers’ Compensation Commission. If you live a great distance from the nearest approved provider, you may qualify to select your own doctor, subject to Commission approval.
If you work or reside in the Chicago metropolitan area and are having difficulty receiving approval for medical treatment for a work-related injury or illness, talk to an attorney at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC. Our lawyers help injured Northern Illinois workers receive medical care for a work injury or illness. Call us at 630-232-7450 or contact the office by email or fax to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.
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