Iowa Workers’ Compensation

April 02, 2014

Medical Care and Treatment

If injured in the course of employment, the employer must furnish reasonable medical care to the injured employee.  The medical care must be offered promptly and without undue inconvenience to the employee.  An employer’s right to select the provider of medical treatment to an injured worker does not include the right to determine how an injured worker should be diagnosed, evaluated, treated or other matters of professional judgment.  An employer’s failure to follow recommendations of an authorized treating physician in matters of treatment is commonly a failure to provide reasonable treatment.

If the employer refuses to provide reasonable care, the employee can file a petition for alternate medical care.