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WORKERS’ COMP CORNER Why Can’t I Pick My Own Doctor? The life lessons I gathered while working at Farm Basket have impacted who I am as a person today. Ever since I worked that first job, I’ve tried to surround myself at work with good people who have the same values and work ethic that I have. When we decided to create our law firm, Askeroth Law Group, we wanted to cultivate that same positive work environment and create a great place where people enjoy their work and helping others. Simply put, I learned early on at my first job that happy employees create happy clients. We’ve tried to continue that tradition at Askeroth Law Group, where we strive to create a healthy, caring, and supportive work environment for all our team members.
P.S. There is still one Farm Basket in operation in Las Vegas. Go visit them on Charleston and Jones! –TomAskeroth
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during the claim. However, the law does permit an injured worker, within 90 days of the date of the occupational injury, to select a doctor or request a transfer of care to a different doctor, as long as that doctor is on the panel of treating doctors for that particular insurance company. Second, there are other ways someone might be able to change doctors during a workers’ comp claim, but it’s not easy. For example, the law permits an injured worker to request an independent medical examination when there’s a medical dispute regarding the claim. An independent medical examiner may not be able to provide treatment for the injured worker, but the examiner might suggest alternative treatment options, which may be considered by the insurance company. Third, under certain situations, an injured worker can request a second opinion with a different doctor. A second opinion is usually at the discretion of the insurance company, and often, such a request is denied. Unfortunately, when a request for a second opinion is denied, the injured worker will have to file an appeal and litigate that issue.
ORANGE GLAZED SALMON
2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp ghee
When you’ve been injured on the job and have filed a workers’ compensation claim, you might be surprised to learn that, in most situations, you do not have the ability to select any doctor of your choice. Under Nevada law, an injured person can only receive treatment from a doctor who is on a panel of providers chosen by the insurance company covering the worker’s comp claim. This means an injured worker in Nevada cannot be treated by a medical professional outside of the insurance company’s panel of doctors. However, a new law took effect January 2020 that expands the list and number of doctors that insurance companies have on their panel of providers. Although an injured worker theoretically has more options for treatment with this new law, there are still several restrictions in place under the law that limit an injured worker’s ability to choose a doctor. Here are some things to remember about doctor selection in workers’ comp claims.
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
Zest from 1 orange
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tsp tapioca starch
Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes.
3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
In our experience here at the Askeroth Law Group, getting our clients to the best possible doctors is a top priority in workers’ comp claims. Having a good treating doctor during a claim is absolutely essential to a successful outcome. 3 725-867-8495 | WWW.ASKEROTHLAW.COM | WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND PERSONAL INJURY 4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.
First, an injured worker in Nevada does not have the ability to change doctors at will
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