How often do I need to see a doctor to keep my benefits?

One question that many people have when they receive workers’ compensation benefits is whether they need to continue going to the doctor after they have already received their benefits. In some situations, the answer is yes.

If your injury is considered temporary, you may be required to have a visit with your doctor every 90 days, at minimum. It is important to be aware that there are only certain medical professionals that you can see when you go for your doctor’s visits. For example, you are not permitted to go see a physical therapist for check ups regarding your workers’ compensation benefits. Your safest bet is to go see a general medical doctor. However, you can also make an appointment with a psychologist, podiatrist, or chiropractor. Seeing these specialists is only permitted in the event that your workplace injury is related to that area.

When you go in for your doctor’s appointment, it is important to make sure that you have form C-4.2 signed by the doctor with the date of the accident on the form. For your initial doctor’s evaluation of the injury, you will use form C-4.0. If your injury is permanent, there is a presumption of an ongoing disability.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is essential that you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can determine if you have a valid case and guide you through the process. If successful, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.