Workers' Compensation - Who chooses the doctor?

The short answer is: It depends on the state. In some states, the direction of care within workers’ compensation is controlled by the employer or their insurance carrier, while in other states it is controlled by the injured worker. To complicate matters further, certain states offer a blend, whereby the control is divided between both the employer and the injured worker.

Because each state is different, it can be very confusing for not just patients, but also doctors. The purpose of this post is to provide a state-by-state overview of the direction of care of work comp cases (and the implications for doctors) for each state.

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Alabama

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Alabama?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Alabama, the Doctor is usually chosen by the employer or insurance carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Alabama

For further information about the Work Comp system in Alabama, the following links may be helpful:

Alaska

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Alaska?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Alaska, the Doctor is usually chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Alaska

For further information about the Work Comp system in Alaska, the following links may be helpful:

Arizona

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Arizona?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Arizona, the Doctor is usually chosen by the injured worker, except in the case of self-insured employers who can control direction of care.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Arizona

For further information about the Work Comp system in Arizona, the following links may be helpful:

Arkansas

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Arkansas?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Arkansas, the Doctor is usually chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Arkansas

For further information about the Work Comp system in Arkansas, the following links may be helpful:

California

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in California?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in California, the Doctor is usually chosen by the injured worker, BUT they must choose from a Doctor listed on their employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN).

Further information about Workers' Compensation in California

For further information about the Work Comp system in California, the following links may be helpful:

Colorado

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Colorado?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Colorado, the Doctor is usually chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Colorado

For further information about the Work Comp system in Colorado, the following links may be helpful:

Connecticut

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Connecticut?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Connecticut, the Doctor for the initial treatment is chosen by the employer or carrier, but all subsequent doctors can be chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Connecticut

For further information about the Work Comp system in Connecticut, the following links may be helpful:

Delaware

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Delaware?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Delaware, the Doctor for the initial treatment is chosen by the employer or carrier, but the injured worker may simultaneously see a separate doctor of their own choice.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Delaware

For further information about the Work Comp system in Delaware, the following links may be helpful:

Florida

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Florida?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Florida, the Doctor for is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Florida

For further information about the Work Comp system in Florida, the following links may be helpful:

Georgia

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Georgia?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Georgia, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but their choice is restricted to one of six Doctors provided to them by their employer.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Georgia

For further information about the Work Comp system in Georgia, the following links may be helpful:

Hawaii

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Hawaii?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Hawaii, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Hawaii

For further information about the Work Comp system in Hawaii, the following links may be helpful:

Idaho

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Idaho?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Idaho, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Idaho

For further information about the Work Comp system in Idaho, the following links may be helpful:

Illinois

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Illinois?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Illinois, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but if the employer has a Preferred Provider Network, then the injured worker must choose the doctor from this list.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Illinois

For further information about the Work Comp system in Illinois, the following links may be helpful:

Indiana

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Indiana?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Illinois, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Indiana

For further information about the Work Comp system in Indiana, the following links may be helpful:

Iowa

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Iowa?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Iowa, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Iowa

For further information about the Work Comp system in Indiana, the following links may be helpful:

Kansas

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Kansas?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Kansas, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Kansas

For further information about the Work Comp system in Kansas, the following links may be helpful:

Kentucky

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Kentucky?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Kentucky, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Kentucky

For further information about the Work Comp system in Kentucky, the following links may be helpful:

Louisiana

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Louisiana?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Louisiana, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Louisiana

For further information about the Work Comp system in Louisiana, the following links may be helpful:

Maine

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Maine?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Maine, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, however Doctors for the first 10 days of treatment are selected by the employer.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Maine

For further information about the Work Comp system in Maine, the following links may be helpful:

Maryland

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Maryland?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Maryland, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Maryland

For further information about the Work Comp system in Maryland, the following links may be helpful:

Massachusetts

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Massachusetts?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Massachusetts, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Massachusetts

For further information about the Work Comp system in Massachusetts, the following links may be helpful:

Michigan

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Michigan?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Michigan, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, however for the first 28 days of treatment doctors are selected by the employer.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Michigan

For further information about the Work Comp system in Michigan, the following links may be helpful:

Minnesota

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Minnesota?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Minnesota, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but if the employer is part of a managed care plan, then the injured worker should select a doctor from this list, unless the doctor has previously treated the employee.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Minnesota

For further information about the Work Comp system in Minnesota, the following links may be helpful:

Mississippi

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Mississippi?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Mississippi, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Mississippi

For further information about the Work Comp system in Mississippi, the following links may be helpful:

Missouri

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Missouri?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Missouri, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Missouri

For further information about the Work Comp system in Missouri, the following links may be helpful:

Montana

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Montana?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Montana the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Montana

For further information about the Work Comp system in Montana, the following links may be helpful:

Nebraska

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Nebraska?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Nebraska, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier, however injured workers are entitled to choose their own doctor who has previously treated them or their family.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Nebraska

For further information about the Work Comp system in Nebraska, the following links may be helpful:

Nevada

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Nevada?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Nevada, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but they must choose from a list of doctors who have been certified by the state.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Nevada

For further information about the Work Comp system in Nebraska, the following links may be helpful:

New Hampshire

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in New Hampshire?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in New Hampshire, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but if their employer has a managed care plan, then they must choose a doctor from the plan.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in New Hampshire.

For further information about the Work Comp system in New Hampshire, the following links may be helpful:

New Jersey

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in New Jersey?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in New Jersey, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in New Jersey.

For further information about the Work Comp system in New Jersey, the following links may be helpful:

New Mexico

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in New Mexico?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in New Mexico, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in New Mexico.

For further information about the Work Comp system in New Mexico, the following links may be helpful:

New York

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in New York?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in New York, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but they must choose a doctor from a list of doctors certified by the state.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in New York

For further information about the Work Comp system in New York, the following links may be helpful:

North Carolina

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in North Carolina?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in North Carolina, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in North Carolina

For further information about the Work Comp system in North Carolina, the following links may be helpful:

North Dakota

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in North Dakota?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in North Dakota, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but the employer chooses the doctor for the first 30 days..

Further information about Workers' Compensation in North Dakota

For further information about the Work Comp system in North Dakota, the following links may be helpful:

Ohio

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in North Dakota?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in North Dakota, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but they must choose from a list of doctors certified by the state.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in North Dakota

For further information about the Work Comp system in North Dakota, the following links may be helpful:

Oklahoma

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Oklahoma?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Oklahoma, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Oklahoma

For further information about the Work Comp system in Oklahoma, the following links may be helpful:

Oregon

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Oregon?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Oregon, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but if the employer is part of a managed care plan, then the injured worker must choose a doctor from this plan, unless the doctor has previously treated them.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Oregon

For further information about the Work Comp system in Oregon, the following links may be helpful:

Pennsylvania

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Pennsylvania?

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Pennsylvania, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker, but only after the first 90 days. Prior to that it is the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania

For further information about the Work Comp system in Pennsylvania, the following links may be helpful:

Rhode Island

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Rhode Island

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Rhode Island, the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Rhode Island

For further information about the Work Comp system in Rhode Island, the following links may be helpful:

South Carolina

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in South Carolina

For Workers’ Compensation cases in South Carolina, the Doctor is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in South Carolina

For further information about the Work Comp system in South Carolina, the following links may be helpful:

South Dakota

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in South Dakota

For Workers’ Compensation cases in South Dakota the Doctor is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in South Dakota

For further information about the Work Comp system in South Dakota, the following links may be helpful:

Tennessee

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Tennessee

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Tennessee, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker, but from a panel of only 3 doctors (which are chosen by the employer).

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Tennessee

For further information about the Work Comp system in Tennessee, the following links may be helpful:

Texas

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Texas

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Texas, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker, but they must choose them from a list of doctors certified by the state.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Texas

For further information about the Work Comp system in Texas, the following links may be helpful:

Utah

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Utah

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Utah, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Utah

For further information about the Work Comp system in Utah, the following links may be helpful:

Vermont

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Vermont

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Vermont, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker, however the first visit is a doctor selected by the employer.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Vermont

For further information about the Work Comp system in Vermont, the following links may be helpful:

Virginia

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Virginia

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Virginia, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker, but they must select them from a panel provided by the employer.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Virginia

For further information about the Work Comp system in Virginia, the following links may be helpful:

Washington

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Washington

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Washington, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Washington

For further information about the Work Comp system in Washington, the following links may be helpful:

West Virginia

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in West Virginia

For Workers’ Compensation cases in West Virginia, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker, but from a list provided by the employer or carrier.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in West Virginia

For further information about the Work Comp system in West Virginia, the following links may be helpful:

Wisconsin

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Wisconsin

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Wisconsin, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Wisconsin

For further information about the Work Comp system in Wisconsin, the following links may be helpful:

Wyoming

Who chooses the Doctor in a Workers' Compensation case in Wyoming

For Workers’ Compensation cases in Wyoming, the Doctor is chosen is chosen by the injured worker.

Further information about Workers' Compensation in Wyoming

For further information about the Work Comp system in Wyoming, the following links may be helpful:

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