Are You Entitled To Your Own Choice of Physician in a Louisiana Workers Comp Case?

A claimant is entitled to their own choice of physician in the state of Louisiana. You’re entitled to go to your own choice of physician in each field of specialty. If you feel you are in need of a neurosurgeon for nerve damage then you’re entitled to your own choice of physician in the neurology field. You’re entitled to your own choice of physician in the field of pain management if pain comes into play. You must tell the truth about your pre-existing conditions or risk being terminated based upon misrepresentations or fraud. Find out more in this video with Robert Martina.

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In Louisiana a claimant is entitled to choose their own choice of physician, in each field or specialty. So if you have an injured elbow, let’s say, you’re entitled to go to your own choice of physician in each field of specialty. So I would probably send a client to an orthopedic, a local orthopedic, that would become your choice of orthopedic physician or choice of orthopedic surgeon. If that orthopedic surgeon felt like you needed to see a neurosurgeon for nerve damage then you’re entitled to your own choice of physician in the neurology field, whether it’s a neurosurgeon or neurologist. So sometimes pain management doctors come into play, you’re entitled to your own choice of physician in the field of pain management, so in Louisiana you’re entitled to one choice of physician. In each field or specialty, accidents or pre-existing injuries or pre-existing medical treatments are covered under the Workers Compensation Act and are compensable under the Louisiana workers compensation laws. But you have to be honest and forthright and tell the truth about those pre-existing conditions, because if you don’t then your benefits can be terminated based upon misrepresentations or fraud. So always tell the truth about prior accidents or injuries because as long as the new accident aggravated your old condition you should be covered. For more information on workers compensation claims go to GallowayJefcoat.com

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