The law does not provide the injured worker with the right to a second opinion at their request. Having said that, many injured workers exercise their right to a change in doctor (as explained above) when they are dissatisfied with their initial doctor.
If an authorized treating physician requests a second opinion, then the injured worker has a basis to seek authorization for that exam at the expense of the insurance company.
Another way to get a second opinion would be to designate a physician as an Independent Medical Examiner (IME). In this example, the injured worker chooses the IME doctor, but often has to pay for the exam. Note that in most cases an Independent Medical Examiner does not treat an injured worker. They just provide an examination and recommendations.
In many instances, the insurance company will authorize doctors that see things their way. One of the benefits to being represented by an experienced lawyer is that we know who’s who in the medical community, and therefore can work to replace a biased physician. If you feel your doctor is “working for the insurance company,” call us immediately.