If you experience a work injury, like a slip and fall, Colorado law requires you to report the accident to your employer. Colorado law allows you to see any doctor for treatment of a work injury; however, there are some guidelines that might impact your decision. Below, you will find some things worth knowing about which doctors can treat your workplace injuries in Colorado.
If you have suffered a work injury, you should consider speaking to an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injury.
In Colorado, your employer can select a doctor to treat injured employees. Sometimes, an employer selects one doctor. In other cases, there might be a list of approved doctors. The employer can choose any doctor at all times. It does not matter whether the injury is minor or serious. If you are injured, you should always ask your employer who they have chosen to treat you. Some companies will list the doctor in the employee handbook. Your employer does not have to supply anything above and beyond what is required by Colorado law.
Some employers do not specify a doctor. In this case, you are able to choose your own doctor for worker’s compensation purposes. Discuss your specific injury and needs with your company’s HR representative to obtain more information on their policies.
Colorado law does not allow you to see your own doctor when you are injured on the job, but there is an exception to this general rule. You can choose your own doctor if they are on the list of providers from your employer or if your employer does not specify which doctors you can see. If you choose to receive medical care from your own provider, and an exception to the general rule does not apply, it is possible that your employer can deny the payment of your medical expenses.
If you think you need to see a specialist for a work injury, Colorado law may require that the company approve that treatment. Your employer may need to authorize an examination by a specialist hospital or doctor if they do not want to pay for the injury. If you feel your treatment is not adequate, discuss it with your manager and HR representative. A simple change in treatment could help eliminate any problems with reimbursement.
Never hesitate to ask your employer questions about how they handle worker’s compensation claims. They should provide you with all the required information. If you are not receiving required information about your claim, talk to your manager or HR representative. They should be able to answer any questions that you have.
Mintz Law Firm has a team of skilled worker’s compensation lawyers with over thirty years of experience helping clients in Colorado. The Colorado legal system can be overwhelming, but our knowledgeable lawyers can help you navigate filing a worker’s compensation claim. Our skilled legal team is proud to provide clients with the personalized and award-winning legal counsel they deserve, and we are ready to help you. To schedule a free consultation, you can contact us here or call (303) 462-2999.