When you report an injury the employer is to provide medical treatment that is reasonably required to cure or relieve from the effects of the injury. Generally, treatment will be furnished through the employer’s designated medical provider network.
After being seen by a physician within the employer’s medical provider network, a report is then issued setting forth a diagnosis and treatment plan. If an injured employee disputes the diagnosis and/or treatment being prescribed by the designated medical provider network physician, the employee has a right under Labor Code section 4616.3(c) to the opinion of a second, and then a third physician. The second and third physicians must be within the employer’s medical provider network.
What this means is that if you disagree with the diagnosis or treatment plan by the initial primary treating physician, a request can be made for a second opinion. If there is continued disagreement following the second opinion, a request can be made for a third opinion.
Of importance is that there is a disagreement with the diagnosis and/or treatment plan relating industrial injury.
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