Q: I broke my knee and started having issues with back. Can I use my own doctor for another opinion?
I do not agree with workers comp doctor treatment/ diagnosis.
A: Sorry to hear about your injury. The insurance company is entitled to direct medical care per SC law. Unfortunately, they sometimes choose doctors that are more concerned about sending you back to work than helping you. A second opinion could be a good option, but you need to jump through some hoops before getting it, or the insurance company will simply ignore it. I recommend you hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in your area that can help you get to a different doctor that’s more interested in helping you get better. Most lawyers will provide a free consultation.
A: In South Carolina, the insurance company chooses your providers, but a second opinion (either through the insurance company or a doctor of your own choosing at your own expense) may enable you to make a direct appeal to the insurance company for additional treatment/ratings/restrictions, and/or request a hearing with the Court to pursue the treatment recommended by the second opinion doctor. Certainly this is complicated and you should consult with an experienced South Carolina workers' compensation attorney, you should be able to obtain a consultation at no charge.
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