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Who Can Provide My Medical Care for a Work-Related Injury?

September 13th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Workers-Comp-Care-Chicago-LawyerIf you are injured in the course of your work in Illinois, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover the costs of your medical care. However, there are important steps that you will need to follow to ensure that you receive those benefits. One of those steps is ensuring that you receive treatment from an approved provider. Your choice of provider may depend on your employer, and it is important to understand how this process works.

Choosing a Care Provider

As soon as you are injured or you become aware of a work-related injury, it is important to notify your employer. If you require emergency care, your employer should arrange for it and cover the costs. Many work-related injuries require ongoing care, however, and this is where the choice of a provider comes in.

Many Illinois employers now have a Preferred Provider Program (PPP) that includes a list of health care providers who are approved to treat employees’ work-related injuries. Your employer must notify you in writing if they have a PPP, and if so, you will need to choose your care providers from within the program. If you opt-out of the PPP in writing, or if your employer does not have a PPP, you are able to select a provider of your choice. In this case, it is important to let the provider know that you have a work-related injury so that you are not billed directly for your treatment.

Disputes Involving Medical Care

Although an employer is required to cover the costs of reasonably necessary medical care for a work-related injury, this process does not always go smoothly for injured employees. In many cases, employers and their workers’ comp insurance providers will decline to cover medical expenses that they believe are unnecessary or unrelated to the employee’s work. In other cases, injured employees may feel that their chosen care providers are not providing the care they truly need.

If you encounter these obstacles while receiving treatment for your work injuries, it is important to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). After reviewing your case, the IWCC may allow you to select a new care provider or arrange for dispute resolution between you and your employer. An attorney can help you file your claim and represent you in any proceedings before the IWCC.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Getting workers’ compensation benefits can be a complicated process with many important decisions along the way. If you are unsure how to proceed, our experienced Illinois workers’ comp attorneys can help. Contact [[title]] today at [[phone]] to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Documents/handbook.pdf

 

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