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Physician Selection Code of Alabama 25-5-77

The employer will select the treating physician at the time of the accident. If an employer/carrier fails to direct the injured worker to a specific physician or medical facility, the injured worker may be entitled to see the physician of his choice. The employer/carrier would still retain the right to approve all referrals.

However, if surgery is recommended, and the employee is unsure as to whether they wish to move forward with surgery, they may request a second panel of four.

The term "physician" includes medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy and chiropractor.

Change of Physician

If the employee is dissatisfied with the initial treating physician selected by the employer, and if further treatment is required, the employee may so advise the employer, and be entitled to select a second physician from a panel or list of four physicians selected by the employer