Q: Workers Comp case Nurse Wants To Go in with me to my appointed Doctor's Appointment. Is she allowed?

Injured 2 years ago and still receiving treatment and therapy. I have a followup appointment with the doctor and the assign case nurse called me telling me she was going to be with me on my next followup appointment. Is this someting they could do?

1 Lawyer Answer
Answered
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Workers' Comp can assign a Nurse Case Manager to your file. We refer to them as the NCM. The NCM can meet with your doctors with or without you present. However, as a matter of practice, I send a letter to the carrier and NCM (if one is assigned) advising them I represent the claimant and that the NCM may NOT attend any appointments with my client and their medical providers. I only allow the NCM to notify my clients of date/time/location of medical appointments. NCM are not your friends. They are hired by the WC adjuster. You should be nice to them but you can certainly forbid them from being in the exam room with you and your doctor. Do not be surprised, however, if they meet with the doctor right after your appointment. However, again they are allowed by law to meet with the doctors. Best wishes and I hope this helped.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.