Understanding How Medical Care Is Provided After An Iowa Workplace Injury
When you are injured at work, it is important you get medical care as soon as possible. Getting medical attention early will establish clear documentation of your injury, which may be important for your claim.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be confusing and the answers from employers and insurance companies are not always clear. The attorneys at Loney & Schueller, LLC, in West Des Moines, can guide you through this process. They have more than 50 years of combined experience helping injured workers maximize compensation for work injuries.
Who Gets To Select Your Medical Provider?
In Iowa, injured workers must be treated by a medical provider chosen by their employer. Once you report your injury to your employer, your employer will give you the name of an authorized medical provider. The medical provider will provide treatment to you while you are unable to work. If you do not go to an authorized medical provider, your medical expenses may not be covered.
What Should You Do While You Are Out Of Work?
While you are recovering from your injury, you should keep records of your medical appointments, mileage and any expenses incurred for food and lodgings. Make sure your authorized medical provider is billing the workers’ compensation insurer and not your personal insurance company.
Can I Get A Second Medical Opinion?
Although you cannot choose your medical provider for your treatment while you are recovering from a work injury, once you have achieved maximum medical improvement and have been issued a disability rating, you do have the option of seeing another doctor for a second opinion on that rating.
Make Sure You Obtain The Maximum Benefits
To make sure you receive all the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, schedule an appointment with our lawyers. We offer a free consultation. Find out how we can help you maximize your recovery. You can reach us using our online form or by calling 515-416-4006. Wherever you are in Iowa, we can help.