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If I have a workers' compensation injury, who chooses my doctors?

The choice of doctor to treat a work-related injury depends on whether you live in Missouri or Illinois.  If you live in Missouri, the employer is allowed to choose the doctor.  There are some situations in which an employer waives its right to choose the doctor. For instance, if an employer refuses to send an injured employee to a doctor, then the law may find that the employer forfeited its right to choose.  We at Bollwerk & Tatlow can tell you whether an employer has forfeited its right to choose the doctor under the law.  Otherwise, the choice of medical provider is typically up to the employer in Missouri.

In Illinois, the injured worker has the right to choose their doctor.  The employer has the right to perform independent examinations. 

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