If you have been injured on the job, you may feel pressured by your employer to see and be treated by a doctor of their choosing. During these situations, it is important to remember your rights as a worker and as a Texas resident – two of the most import being your right to legal representation and your right to be treated by a doctor of your choosing.
Your employer’s rights do not supersede yours. If you feel your employer is not acting in your best interest or if you feel like you can’t trust the doctor they have provided to treat your injuries, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Texas is very unique when it comes to workers’ compensation as it is the only state in which employers can opt out of providing workers’ compensation coverage. Those who choose to provide workers’ compensation are often referred to as subscribers while those that opt-out are referred to as non-subscribers.
There are several incentives for companies that choose to provide workers’ compensation, many having to do with limiting liability and potential litigation. For example, if a employer chooses to opt out of workers’ compensation, they can be held liable for all damages that resulted from an on the job injury if they are determined to be even 1% at fault. Another benefit of providing workers’ compensation is that the workers’ comp insurance carrier gets to choose the injured worker’s doctor for him or her.
So, if your employer offers workers’ compensation and you are seeking compensation through that program, you may be asked to see a company doctor. However, it is important that you are very careful to protect your interest during this interaction.
Oftentimes, company doctors have relationships with workers’ compensation insurance companies and liability insurance companies or rely on company referrals for a good amount of their business. Either way, they have a vested interest in keeping the company profitable.
This vested interest may result in the doctor trying to minimize your injury or understate the effect the injury will have on you over the course of your life.
This is why it is important to contact an attorney. Thomas J. Henry can help you identify whether a questionable relationship exists. Additionally, we can make sure that a trusted healthcare professional determines your health and the extent of your injuries instead of the insurance company or employer who may owe you compensation.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys fight to protect the rights of workplace injury victims. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys. The goal of our offices is to not only protect your rights, but to send a message so the same tragedy does not happen again. We represent clients/victims all over the country.