Do I have to be treated by a company physician?

Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, "[i]f your employer has posted a list of six or more physicians or health care providers in your workplace, then you are required to visit one of them for initial treatment. You are to continue treatment with that provider or another on the list for a period of 90 days following the first visit." If you do not seek treatment with a company physician, the workers’ compensation insurance company will not pay the medical bills that you incurred during those 90 days.

You are perfectly free to be treated by any medical provider at any time, but you may be responsible to pay the provider’s bills during this 90-day period if the provider is not on the company's list. To obtain a copy of "Physicians’ List Defined," contact our office. Please note:

  • You have a right to choose from among the physicians or medical providers on the list.
  • The company does not have the right to require you to be treated by a particular physician or medical facility.
  • You have the right to switch to other providers on the list at any time during the 90 days.
  • You have no obligation to inform the company that you are switching to another provider on the list, though you may wish to inform the claims representative.

Our law firm has been monitoring treatment received by American Airlines employees from physicians on the physicians list. If you wish, you can call us directly to obtain information concerning the past experience of flight attendants dealing with some of the physicians on this list. This service will be provided to you at no charge.

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