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Finding a doctor for a workers' compensation claim

Finding a doctor to treat your workers' compensation injuries is an important component of a workers' compensation claim. This doctor is referred to as your Physician of Record.

A physician of record is a BWC certified provider who can treat your workers' compensation injuries. Many injured workers are surprised to learn that their family doctor may not be willing or able to treat the specific work related injury due to insurance issues and workers' compensation laws. Similarly, the Physician of Record for a workers' compensation claim is not a substitute for a general family doctor.

The BWC maintains a list of BWC providers. These providers have the ability to evaluate and treat the allowed workers' compensation diagnoses within a specific claim. They have the ability to certify temporary total disability compensation and to request specialist consultations if more specialized care is required on account of the work related injury.

At the present time, an injured does maintain the right to select and change the Physician of Record. Earlier this month, the Ohio Legislature introduced legislation that could potentially represent an effort to limit a claimant's ability to choose his or her physician during the life of the claim. Although set for discussion this week, the subcommittee assigned the task of discussing this legislation pulled it from the agenda.

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