When physicians disagree about a medical issue for a Workers’ Compensation claim, Medical Panels can help.
Physicians and specialists help guide medical decisions made on worker’s compensation claims. These professionals need to have access to the best medical information available so they can make fair and appropriate decisions.
A claimant may be seen by more than one treating physician, including their family doctor. Differences of medical opinion may occur when physicians give conflicting:
- Treatment suggestions
- Return-to-work recommendations
- Other opinions about the claimant’s medical file
When this happens, physicians will often have a discussion to resolve these differences of opinion.
Every claim is unique. Differences in medical opinion are handled on a case-by-case basis. If physicians can’t reach agreement, further steps may be taken to resolve the difference in medical opinion. These may include one or more of the following:
- An independent medical examination
- A Medical Panel
You have the option of representing yourself or you may wish to authorize a formal or informal representative.
The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) or the Appeals Commission may request that the Medical Panel review a claimant’s medical file to seek clarification of a medical matter. A worker is able to request through the Appeals Commission that their claim be reviewed by a Medical Panel.