Pittsburg, PA asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Am I required to use the company doctor for my medical treatment if I want to receive workers comp benefits?

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Alexander Palutis

  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You must treat from an employer preselected panel of health care providers for the first 90 days after a work injury for the bills to be paid by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania.

Glenn Neiman

  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Warminster, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If an employer properly posts a list of doctors/healthcare providers (called a "panel posting"), then the workers' compensation insurance carrier only has to pay for treatment with one of those listed providers for the first 90 days after a work injury. However, there are rules for this panel posting that must be followed by the employer. If the rules are not followed correctly, which often happens, an injured worker is free to treat with any doctor the injured worker so desires. I would urge you to consult with an attorney certified as a specialist in PA workers' compensation law, either my firm or another of the fine attorneys on this board, to see what options you have in your case.

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