Employers in Alabama are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to cover any medical expenses that arise due to a workplace injury. If you have been injured at work, workers' compensation is available to cover your lost wages and the costs of your injury-related healthcare until you have been cleared by a doctor to return to full duty at work. We at the Sapp Law Firm understand that while this benefit is extremely advantageous to you as an employee, your employer is the one who will direct your care.
According to the Alabama Department of Labor, as soon as your employer is made aware of the injury, your employer is in control of many of the medical choices that must be made during your treatment and recovery. For example, you may not choose your own doctor in most cases. Instead, you must go to the primary care provider that has been chosen by your employer, unless there is an emergency that dictates otherwise. If you require the attention of a specialist, the employer's chosen physician will provide the referral, and your employer must approve the new physician.
Any injuries that are not work related cannot be included in the expenses your employer is obligated to pay. There is also no liability to pay for any treatments that have not been authorized unless there you provide notice along with justification for the treatment. In the event that your employer requests a medical examination, you must be willing to undergo the exam by the employer's physician of choice. There is more information about medical coverage after a workplace injury on our website.