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Can I get my own doctor for treatment of a work-related injury?

Your employer is obligated to provide you with all reasonable and necessary treatment for your injury. Your employer is required to notify you of your rights under the Medical Provider Network (MPN) if there is one. If your employer has established one and has notified you of this at the time of your injury, then you must see their doctors. However, if they fail to provide you with a doctor or fail to notify you of your rights under the MPN system, there may be instances when you can see your own doctor or a doctor that your attorney has referred you to.

In addition, if prior to your injury, you notified your employer in writing that you designate your personal physician, that doctor can treat you from the date of the injury.

Whenever a doctor’s appointment is made for you, YOU MUST KEEP THAT APPOINTMENT. In many cases, if the insurance carrier has made an appointment for you, and you miss it, they may cut off your benefits. If you have a question on whether or not you should attend such an appointment, please contact an attorney immediately.

The employer, in addition to paying the doctor’s bills, must pay for any reasonable and necessary other expenses such as medicine, crutches, surgical supplies, x-rays, and mileage to and from the doctor’s office. PLEASE KEEP A RECORD OF MILEAGE TRAVELED AND A RECORD OF ANY EXPENSES YOU HAVE. You may be entitled to reimbursement.

The Law Offices of René H. Pimentel is a professional legal practice located in Riverside, California, that concentrates on cases involving personal injury, workers' compensation and industrial accidents. René H. Pimentel has been in private legal practice for more than 30 years. The Law Offices of René H. Pimentel represent clients in a variety of legal areas, including auto accidents, construction site accidents and temporary and permanent disability. Mr. Pimentel is a member of the California State Bar Association, the Riverside County Bar Association and the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association.

This Riverside, California firm primarily serves the Inland Empire, including the communities of Riverside, San Bernardino, Claremont, Fontana, Hemet, Hesperia, Highland, Homeland, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Elsinore, March AFB, Menifee, Montclair, Nuevo, Ontario, Perris, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Ridgecrest, San Dimas, Sun City, Temecula, Upland, Victorville, Yucca Valley, Yucaipa, Murrieta, Redlands, Rialto, Mira Loma, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Colton, Norco, Moreno Valley, Crestline, Corona, Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Bloomington, Blue Jay, Calimesa, Chino, and Chino Hills.

This blog is not Legal Advice. The information provided on this blog is for general information purposes only. Your situation is unique to the cisumstances of your injury and the information contained on this blog may or may not be applicable to your legal situation. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. The information contained on this blog is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney. To get the best understanting of your rights under the law, please seek the advice of an attorney. If you are seeking an attorney for an injury claim, I would be happy to discuss your case with you. However, unless we sign a fee agreement, I am not your attorney.

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