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Can I Get a 2nd Opinions for Workers’ Comp Medical Care? | Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks | FAQs

North Carolina board-certified workers' comp attorney David Vtipil answers a common question related to injuries on the job. "Can I get a Second Opinion for my Workers' Comp medical care?" Learn more here:

Video Transcript:

If you’ve been injured at work, the first thing you should do is get medical treatment immediately. In a workers compensation claim, your employer or their insurance company usually decides where you go for your treatment.

If your injury is serious or life threatening, the ER is appropriate for your medical care. If your injury is not an emergency situation, your employer will most likely direct you to an urgent care of their choice.

Following your medical treatment, make sure you file your claim and then ask your employer or insurance company where you should go for follow-up care.

In an accepted claim, the insurance company will pay for all of your medical bills for care they direct. If you go to an unauthorized doctor, YOU may be responsible for the bill.

When seeing a medical provider for your claim, make sure you do the following:

-List all of your injuries, don’t be afraid to be thorough and honest

-Tell them about ANY pre-existing medical problems you’ve experienced

-Make sure you address your work status and get a work note

-Keep follow up appointments, failure to do so can hurt your claim

Although the insurance company is directing your medical care, it is important to know that you can still ask for a second opinion. This may take some additional time, and you will most likely have to negotiate with the insurance company over who the doctor giving the second opinion is.

Often, this may require filing a motion with the court to resolve, however the option is available and the team at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik is more than happy to help.

We appreciate you considering Younce, Vtipil & Baznik for your legal needs, if you have any further questions please feel free to call or email us at the number below.


Choosing the right Law Firm makes all the difference. Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. is a highly respected law firm with offices in Raleigh, NC and serving all of North Carolina. Our attorneys handle a variety of claims, including automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation injuries, Social Security disability claims, wrongful death cases, harmful drug injuries, slip and fall injuries, and product liability claims, such as asbestos. Although most of our cases settle out of court, if it is in our client’s best interest, we are ready, willing and able to take a case to trial. Don’t settle for second best. Call Us today! We offers a free initial consultation, which allows you the opportunity to sit with us and go over the facts of your case.

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