The simple answer is, yes. You may choose any physician as well as some other specialist as long as they are licensed in the State of Wisconsin. In some circumstances where an injured employee has filed a worker’s compensation claim and moved out of state we have worked with the worker’s comp insurance company to accept and pay for the out of state doctor’s expenses.
In Wisconsin, worker’s comp laws allow you two different choices. However, you have to remember that any healthcare provider who refers you to another is considered part of your first choice. As a result, it is always best to have your first treating doctor refer you to a specialist so you retain the right to a second choice.
Of course, your employer or the insurance company for your employer has the right to have you examined by a doctor of their choice. Previously, I did a blog on independent medical examinations and what they are not. Many times people are falsely mistaken by thinking that an “independent medical examination” means that it is a doctor or chiropractor hired by the State of Wisconsin when in reality they are hired by the insurance company. If you do not cooperate with an IME your temporary disability could be delayed.
You have the right to any medical treatment deemed reasonable and necessary to cure your injury as ordered by your healthcare provider. This includes hospitalization, different kinds of therapy, diagnostic tests as well as prosthetic devices. Prescription medicine is generally paid for as are reasonable travel expenses to and from your medical treatment.
If you or a loved one have been injured on the job and have any questions about your rights under Wisconsin worker’s compensation laws please contact me for a free, no cost, no obligation consultation. We take these cases on a contingence fee which means no fee unless there is a recovery. I have been representing injured workers for 27 years and would be glad to answer any questions you have that will assist you through the difficult process of Wisconsin worker’s compensation.
Please contact me by telephone at (866) 455-2993 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.