Yes, you can go to any doctor of your choice as long as they accept the workers’ compensation insurance and you inform them that your injury is a work-related injury. In an EMERGENCY situation, the injured employee may go to any emergency room and then follow-up with a doctor who accepts the workers’ compensation insurance.
The employee is required to complete an “Employee’s Election Regarding Utilization of Sick and Annual Leave” form. This form provides the employee four options concerning the use of sick leave while losing time from work due to a work related injury or illness. If an employee fails to make an election prior to the eighth day of disability, the election will automatically be to use no accrued leave time, causing the employee to be placed on Leave Without Pay (LWOP). Regardless of which choice is made, an employee cannot change their election after the eighth day of disability.
An employee does not have to use sick and/or vacation leave for lost time from work, but there are consequences if an employee does not choose to use it. If an employee does not use "paid leave", (s)he will immediately be placed on LWOP status which could impact the employee’s insurance benefits. Also, the employee would not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation income replacement benefits until the eighth day of disability. Have the employee contact Rose Trevino at 5-2557 to discuss the impact of his/her selection.
No, Rose Trevino in the Human Resources Department is the point of contact (liaison between employee, department, insurance carrier and medical provider). She will keep in contact with the employee and the doctor. She will keep the department and supervisor informed.
Yes, immediately if you receive a referral from the current treating doctor. Or, you can send a written request to DWC with the justification for the change and list the "new" doctor's name. You cannot see the new doctor unless you receive written approval from DWC.