The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act requires employees hurt on the job to treat with a designated medical provider for the first 90 days of treatment. Your employer is not requred to comply with this section of the law but if they do there are very specific rules they have to follow and if they don't you can treat with whomever you choose for your work injury. At Dugan & Associates we know the rules that you need to get through the workers compensation system.
Your employer is requred to have you sign a written acknowledgement twice. Once prior to your work injury (typically at the time you are hired) that you were advised of their list of panel providers to treat with for your workers' compensation injury AND at the time of your work injury or as practically possible. It is very common for employers not to have their injured workers sign an acknowledgement at the time of the work injury. If they don't do both you are not required to treat with the employers workers' compensation panel of doctors or providers.
Thus: 1. Is there a designated list of medical providers posted in a place where you as an employee, injured worker, can see it?
2. Did you sign a written ackowledgement that you were notified of this list prior to your work injury?
3. Did you sign a written acknowledgement at the time of your work injury?
If your employer did cooperate with the Pennsylvania workers compensation laws of posted panel providers then you must treat with their physicians or groups for the first 90 days of treatment.
If you do not comply then the workmens compensation insurance carrier is not responsible for payment of your medical treatment for a certain period of time for your work injury.
If your employer has not complied with the PA Workers Compensation Act then you can treat with whomever you choose for your work injury.
If you or a loved one has questions about Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation contact the experienced work injury attorneys and lawyers at Dugan & Associates, Lawyers Representing Injured People. We Fight For What You Deserve! 1888-99-D-U-G-A-N (1-888-993-8426).