Code Sec. 65.2-603(A)(1) provides in pertinent part as follows: As long as necessary after an accident, the employer shall furnish or cause to be furnished, free of charge to the injured employee, a physician . . . and such other necessary medical attention. "'So long as a causal relationship between the industrial accident and the . . . [treatment rendered] is shown, the employer is financially responsible for the medical attention which the attending physician deems necessary, subject to review by the Commission.'"
Lynchburg Foundry Co. v. Goad, 15 Va. App. 710, 714, 427 S.E.2d 215, 217-18 (1993)(quoting Jensen Press v. Ale, 1 Va. App. 153, 159, 336 S.E.2d 522, 525 (1985)). Moreover, Code Sec. 65.2-603 should be construed liberally in favor of the claimant, in harmony with the Act's humane purpose. See Goad, 15 Va. App. at 713, 427 S.E.2d at 217.
"Medical management of the employee is not to be directed by the employer.
An employer can require an employee to select an attending physician from its panel of three, but only an attending physician or the [Workers' Compensation] Commission may require an employee to see another physician." Schwab Constr. v. McCarter, 25 Va. App. 104, 109-10, 486 S.E.2d 562, 565 (1997) (quotations omitted); see also Jensen Press v. Ale, 1 Va. App.153, 158, 336 S.E.2d 522, 525 (1985) ("A long-held principle of the . . . Commission, founded on Code Sec. 65.1-88 [now Code Sec. 65.2-603], is that medical management of the claimant is to be directed by the treating physician, not by an employer's representative.").