You are Dick and you have a Virginia on the job foot injury. Dick wants to know if he can go to his own doctor. The answer is "no" he cannot . However, Dick can request that the insurer provide him a panel of three doctors from which he can pick a doctor. Also, if Dick needs a specialist, he can request the panel contain three specialists. In this case Dick has a foot injury. So, can request a panel of three foot specialists. The panel idea is supposed to protect Dick, the worker, from ending up with the insurer's pet doctor. This does not always protect the worker. Especially, with orthopedists, the insurer can often find three insurance friendly orthopedists and "stack the deck" against the poor worker.
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