Where do you seek treatment after a workplace injury?

Workers' compensation is an important protection for people working in Oklahoma. There is no waiting period, so even if you're hurt on your first day of work, you're protected.

As someone who has been hurt on the job, it's of the utmost importance that you get the right medical care as quickly as possible. When you're injured, you should quickly go to the emergency room or discuss your options with your employer. They may have a preferred medical provider that you can see if there is no injury requiring emergency care.

Are you able to select your doctor?

Yes, but you'll need to find out if you're covered by the certified workplace medical plan or if you are not covered by the plan. If not, you'll have to apply to the court for a change of physician. Up to two changes can be used in a single claim.

On the other hand, if you are covered, then you can ask for a one-time change within the CWMP network. If no suitable physician is in-network, then it's usually possible to find a physician outside the plan.

Is there a required hospital or service to use in an emergency?

No. Emergencies are serious, and as such, there is no time to lose by having to determine which hospital or provider to go to. You can secure emergency medical services anywhere, even from medical providers who are not on the employer's plan.

If you're hurt, get to know the laws. There are many benefits to using workers' compensation, and you should be entitled to treatment.

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