I had this scenario arise at a deposition this morning:
My client is suffering from bi-lateral (both hands) carpal tunnel. So far her claim has been paid, but now she needs surgery. However she doesn’t want to have surgery because she has heard the surgeon has had bad results with others and she feels the doctor is too deferential to her employer — a major employer in a smallish community. Her current surgeon was referred to her by her family doctor.
Employers and insurers know doctor choice is important, which is why they often try to steer their injured workers towards doctor’s known to be friendly towards employers/insurers.
So is my client forced to chose between not treating her wrist injuries or being treated by a doctor she doesn’t trust? Continue reading →