Can I Pick My Own Doctor After a Work Injury in Pennsylvania?

Do I Have To Go To The Company Doctor For My Work Injury
Date: March 3, 2022

Do I Have To Go To The Company Doctor For My Work Injury?

If you are injured at work in Pennsylvania, your employer has the right to establish a list of designated health care providers, commonly referred to as a “panel list”. If the panel list is properly posted, injured workers must seek treatment for the work injury with one of the designated providers for a period of 90 days from the date of the first visit. Your employer must provide you with written notice of your rights and duties. This written notice must be signed by you- the injured employee- at the time of hire, whenever changes are made to the panel list and – most importantly- immediately after the injury (or as soon thereafter as possible considering the circumstances of the injury). The panel list must contain at least six providers and three of the six providers must be physicians. Each provider’s name, address, telephone number, and medical specialty must be included on the list. If a particular medical specialty is not on the list and the specialty care is reasonable and necessary for the treatment of the work injury, the employee is allowed to treat with a health care provider of his or her choosing. The employer may not direct the employee to any specific provider on the list. The employee may switch from one designated provider to another designated provider on the list. The providers listed must be located in proximity to your geographical area. Listed providers must include providers with medical specialties that are appropriate for the types of work-related medical problems that can be anticipated to occur. If the employer’s “panel list” does not comply with these requirements, the employee has the right to treat by a provider of his or her choosing.

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Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.