Generally, you are required to see your employer’s selected physician for medical care. However, the law in Indiana allows you to seek medical care on your own in the following circumstances:
- In an emergency situation. However, you must be faced with a true emergency and the definition of emergency will be determined by the Hearing Member.
- If you are not provided with medical care by your employer or your employer’s insurance company.
- For other “good reason.” Because this phrase is not clearly defined, it is up to the Hearing Member’s discretion to determine what qualifies for this exception. If the treatment you are being provided with your employer’s doctor is not helping you and you go to a physician who says you need surgery and the surgery makes you much better, that could be other “good reason.”
Please consult with an attorney, our firm, or the Board with any additional questions.