December 8, 2016 Guest Post – Meuser Law Office P.A. “Choosing the Right Doctor”
One of the most important aspects of your Minnesota PERA claim is selecting the proper treating physician, dependent upon the nature and extent of your injuries. Often times the insurance company will hire or retain whatís called a disability case manager. A disability case manager is supposedly an independent individual who is there to assist you with the doctors to ensure that the treatment is appropriate.
Unfortunately, in reality, the disability case manager is not necessarily seeking or thinking about your best interest. Often times the disability case manager simply acts as a gate keeper as a way to limit your choices or steer you to doctors who, unfortunately, are more guided, for lack of a better term, towards the insurance companyís interest.
At Meuser Law Office, P.A. we focus on getting you to the right doctors right away. Itís not that we are trying to select doctors that will side with you, but we are trying to find doctors that will actually treat you and treat your condition, because that is what we know you want. The ideal is for you to get back to work, to get better, and if we canít get you to the right doctor, then we will find someone who can.
If you are unhappy with your doctor or have been treating with a doctor that was selected by the insurance company, we at Meuser Law Office, P.A. can file what is called a Request for Change in Treating Physician. This is a formal process, a formal document, that allows you to switch the doctors to ensure that you are treating with somebody that knows you, cares about you, and is going to act in your best interest instead of the best interest of the insurance company.
Meuser Law Office, P.A. is one of the few workers’ compensation law firms in the state of Minnesota that also handles PERA and MSRS disability claims. Weíve successfully represented hundreds of police officers and firefighters throughout the state for both workersí compensation and PERA/MSRS disability claims. Sitting down with us for a consultation to learn more about your potential claims is a lot like financial planning. We can explain what rights you have and make recommendations to you in terms of how to best protect your rights to those benefits, including finding a treating physician who has your best interest in mind. The knowledgeable attorneys at Meuser Law Office, P.A. can help make the process easier to navigate. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 1-877-746-5680.