My nurse case manager wants to switch my treating physician, but I don’t agree. What should I do?

You should never permit your nurse case manager to switch your treating physician without your consent in Richmond after a workplace injury. Put briefly, this comes close to violating the worker comp rules. Speak with a lawyer in Richmond to learn more about what you can do to protect and secure your rights. 

Sometimes, a nurse case manager will try to switch your physician when the physician’s medical opinion of your condition is inconvenient for the insurance adjuster, particularly in questions of work restrictions and your capacity to work.

This “doctor shopping” is an outright abuse of the system. 

In some cases, the nurse case manager may tell you that the doctor you’ve selected isn’t available for the next month, but you could see another doctor this week. Insurance companies have sent injured workers to one of a few doctors who regularly give second opinions that clear the worker for returning to work with minimal or no restrictions. 

These unscrupulous physicians are paid handsomely for their compliance with the insurance companies, which will go to extreme lengths to get injured workers into the offices of these paid-off doctors. This practice is not only unfortunate, but is also outright wrong – sadly, however, many injured workers are taken advantage of because they don’t know what their rights are, or they don’t know how to protect those rights. 

It’s vital to the integrity of your case that you speak with an attorney in Richmond, Virginia, particularly one who has handled a substantial volume of work injury cases and is well-acquainted with the intricacies of worker comp rules. 

Contacting a Lawyer in Richmond after a Workplace Injury 

When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, an attorney in Richmond, Virginiacan bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a Workers’ Comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 1-877-755-7744.

2011-12-23T05:58:04+00:00

About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.