Do I Need to See the Company Doctor?

You Can Choose Your Own Doctor

When you are injured at work, your employer cannot force you to go to the “company doctor” for treatment. Sometimes you may feel pressured that you need to see the doctor that your employer tells you to.  However, an employer does have the right to require a drug test following a work-related injury. Sound confusing? It should. This is just one of the many things a workers’ compensation attorney has to navigate in workers’ compensation cases. For example: An employer also has the right to schedule an independent medical examination (IME). Though, the employer must comply with Minnesota law in doing so. They must provide adequate notice prior to the scheduled IME. They also must pay your travel expenses. There are many limitations regarding the exam itself that you will only know about if you have an attorney to advise you. If your employer has scheduled you for an IME, it is advisable for you to seek a workers’ compensation attorney immediately.

Is your employer asking you to see a company doctor?

This can be a scary situation, depending on the type of injury and that’s something that we understand.  What you may not know, is that most of these “company doctors” are really doctors that work for or get regular referrals from your employer’s insurance company.  If you are having a difficult time locating a physician willing to treat your workers’ compensation injury or if you have been scheduled for an IME, contact the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office for an initial consultation at 507-625-5000. If you need help to determine if you have a case or if you are not sure what to do, we are here to help.