Ask an Attorney - Disagree with Medical Care During Work Compensation

Ask an Attorney - Disagree with Medical Care During Work Compensation

If a workers compensation claim is admitted in Iowa, then an employer can control the doctors that an employee sees. If the medical care that is being offered by the doctors that an employer selects seems to be unreasonable or is not as effective as other care might be, then the employee can file a petition with the workers compensation commissioner for additional medical care. Watch this video to learn more about how this process works.


What can I do if I disagree with my medical care during a workers compensation claim?


If the medical care that is provided by the doctors that an employer selects for workers compensation related injuries seems to be unreasonable or is not as effective as other care might be, then the employee can file a petition with the workers compensation commissioner for additional medical care. The employee can request that the employer be responsible for paying for the additional medical care in the petition.

In order for the petition to be granted, typically a report from another doctor is needed that indicates that there is other medical care that would be helpful and more effective. If the workers compensation commissioner accepts the other doctor’s opinions, then the additional care can be awarded.