My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: New York
I am a TV producer for History Channel. I was filming in Guyana, South America and was thrown from a boat, evacuated to Venezuela and ended up in a "clinic" where I was diagnosed with a separated shoulder and possibly a torn ligament. They had no capability to do an MRI. I went back to work to finish the shoot and have returned to NYC to begin editing. Now that I have seen a "real" doctor (from the network of crappy doctors selected for me by Chartis Insurance) I am finding out that I may have a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery.
I am from California and this is a temporary assignment which ends in August. I do NOT trust the doctors chosen for me by the insurance company. Of the 40 names they sent to me, none were actually based in Manhattan and they were telling me I needed to travel to Jersey to be seen. Then they sent over cardio specialists, mental health specialists, and all manner of people who have no bearing on my injury.
I have never considered a settlement until now but if this takes me out of work, disability cannot possibly compensate my weekly salary and what I need to earn. All I want is to be able to choose my own surgeon, probably from Blue Cross (which is my personal insurance) so that I can trust any follow up care for the years to follow.
Can anyone give me some advice on what my rights are to choose doctors whom I trust?