choosing a workers' comp doctorIf you’re like most people, you've seen the same general practitioner for many years. You trust him or her entirely with your care and would never voluntarily go to another doctor.

However, now that you’re suffering from a workplace injury or illness, you're suddenly required to go to a strange doctor. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is in Ohio.

If you want your treatment covered by workers' comp, you have to go to a doctor certified by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). Here are a few ideas to help make a choice a little easier.

First, Find Out If Your Doctor Is BWC-Certified

It’s possible your family physician is also an approved workers’ comp healthcare provider. You can ask him or her, or check the BWC’s provider look-up form online.

If Not, Take This Advice

If your doctor isn't certified, it’s important to take the time to find a doctor who's the right fit for you. Not only will this person be in charge of your treatment, but she'll also be the one to decide your return to work. So, make sure you can communicate openly with her and that he or she is sympathetic to your needs.

  • Find the right specialist. Depending on your injury or illness, choose a physician who's either a specialist or experienced with your specific condition.
  • Get referrals. Asking friends, family members, and coworkers for recommendations is a good starting point, especially if they've also collected workers’ compensation.
  • Think about location. Your doctor should be convenient for you to get to. If you have a musculoskeletal injury or chronic illness that makes travel difficult, you will make your life a lot easier by finding a nearby doctor.
  • Schedule a meeting. You shouldn’t commit to someone you've never met. At your initial appointment, check out the office staff and ask the doctor questions to get to know him or her a little better before deciding.
  • Ask us. In our many years of representing workers, we have become familiar with many excellent doctors. If you're a client and having a hard time finding a doctor you like, ask Wilma in our office. She'll be happy to make a recommendation.

You deserve the best care after suffering a work injury or illness, so don’t allow yourself to be rushed choosing a doctor.

Find Out How We Can Help

Has your employer made you feel like you're lying about your injury or trying to cheat the system? That shouldn’t happen.

If you were injured on the job, you should have workers' comp benefits and shouldn’t be made to feel bad about requesting them. For a personalized assessment of your claim, contact us. We're easy to talk to and will help you navigate your legal situation, even if it turns out you don't need a lawyer.

For more information meanwhile, request a free copy of our book, The Worker’s Guide to Injury Compensation in Ohio.


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Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Columbus, Ohio
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John 06/06/2019 04:31 PM
It has been many years since being represented by Monast law offices, and to this day I will not even consider referring anyone to anyone to other law office other than Monast. Choosing them was one of the smartest decisions that I've ever made. You won't be disappointed
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Jim Monast 06/07/2019 10:05 AM
John, I greatly appreciate your endorsement. Lots of folks get railroaded with their claims and don't know who to turn to for help. Thank you for recommending us--we're honored to have lent a hand!
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