Workers’ compensation laws differ from state to state; this can make applying for workers’ compensation benefits a little difficult if you’re unaware of the specific laws that may apply to you in your state. However, many state departments are good about outlining the laws regarding workers’ compensation, including answers to common questions they have been asked about it. Here are a couple of the most common questions asked about workers’ compensation in Texas:
How can I find a doctor who will treat my injury?
You have the right to choose your own medical provider to treat your work injury. Your employer may have a certified workers’ compensation health care network where you can choose a provider from. However, if your employer does not have this network, you can also use your primary care doctor if they offer workers’ compensation services, or request a recommendation for a doctor through them. Keep in mind that only doctors who are licensed to practice in Texas are allowed to treat work injuries and illnesses acquired in Texas.
I haven’t been released to return to work, but I feel ready to go back. What should I do?
There are no workers’ compensation laws in Texas that prevent you from going back to work if you are not yet completely healed. In fact, it is often the case where employees may request to go back to work because they feel they are well enough to start working again. First, talk to your doctor about your regular job and its roles as well as other jobs within the company. This will allow them to determine what work you can safely perform while you are still healing. In addition, make sure you talk to your employer to let them know you are ready to come back to work; if your doctor says it is safe for you to return under certain restrictions, inform them of this information so they can best match you with the appropriate job roles.
These are only just the beginning of some of the questions asked about workers’ compensation. If you’re in the state of Texas and want to learn more about Texas workers’ compensation laws, you can also visit: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/employee/workerresources_english.html