Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out
Was this doctor selected from a list provided by the employer?
I’ve developed carpal tunnel and tendinitis because of my job. My bosses are aware of it. I made an appointment to see a specialist 1st
Did you sign a statement at the time of hire that you are aware of what to do if injured and your right to select a doctor from a list provided by the employer?
If so, the employer may not be obligated to pay for treatment sought outside of their providers - if not, you have the right to seek treatment from a doctor of your choosing.
NOTIFICATION TO EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND DUTIES UNDER SECTION
306 (f.1)(1)(i) OF THE PA. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires that employees be given written notification of their rights and
duties under Sec. 306 (f.1)(1)(i) of the Act if a list of designated health care providers is established by the employer.
Below are your rights and duties under Sec. 306 (f.1)(1)(i) and an acknowledgment signature line. This
acknowledgment, signed by you, is to be returned to your employer.
A brief summary: You have the right to seek emergency medical treatment from any provider; for post-emergency and
other injuries, you must obtain treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses from a designated health care provider
for 90 days. The penalty for not using a designated health care provider is that your employer is not liable for the
medical bills incurred.
The employer shall further ensure that the employee has been informed and that he
understands these rights and duties. This duty shall be evidenced only by the employee’s written
acknowledgment of having been informed and having understood his rights and duties. Any failure of the
employer to provide and evidence such notification shall relieve the employee from any notification duty
owed, notwithstanding any provision of this act to the contrary, and the employer shall remain liable for all
rendered treatment. Subsequent treatment may be provided by any health care provider of the employee’s
own choice. Any employee who, next following termination of the applicable period, is provided treatment
from a nondesignated health care provider shall notify the employer within five (5) days of the first visit to
said health care provider. Failure to so notify the employer will relieve the employer from liability for the
payment for the services rendered prior to appropriate notice if such services are determined pursuant to paragraph (6) to have been unreasonable or unnecessary.
As the above professionals have stated, seek the assistance of a lawyer before proceeding further - that adjuster has every intention of screwing you by any means available.
Moderator Responses are based on my personal bias, experience and research - They do not represent the views of the admin nor may be accepted in the legal community, always consult an attorney.