Nebraska Workers’ Compensation

March 31, 2014

Employee’s Right to choose their Medical Provider

If injured in the course of employment, an employee can choose their own treating physician.  The employer must give notice to the injured employee of the right to choose their own family physician as the primary treating physician.  An employee’s family physician may choose to refer to another physician who provides specialized medical services.

If the employee does not give notice to the employer of the physician they are choosing, the employer will have the right to choose the primary treating physician.

An employee should always choose their own physician for treatment.

Even if an employee fails to choose his treating physician, the employee may choose the surgeon if it is determined that the employee will require a major surgical operation.