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Workers’ compensation health care networks

On Behalf of | May 11, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

If you sustain an injury on the job in San Antonio, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance typically covers the costs of your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages while you recover. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., understand the state laws that apply in work-related injury cases, and the protections that are offered to employees who are hurt in the workplace.

Choosing a doctor is always a personal matter, and being assigned to one who does not have the patience or the expertise your case requires could delay your recovery. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, your employer may provide you with medical care through a workers’ compensation health care network. This system involves collaboration between a group of contracted health care providers who treat on-the-job injuries.

Because these networks have specific service areas, you may not be able to receive treatment from the one your employer uses. If it is not clear, you have the right to use a network doctor until the decision has been made. Within the network, you can choose a different doctor if you do not like the first one you visit. You may be able to continue to see your primary care provider rather than a network doctor if you are covered by a health maintenance organization.

In some cases, the services you need may not be available through the network, and these will need to be approved. More information about receiving medical treatment for an injury sustained at work is available on our web page.