Q. An injured employee has requested a change of psychiatrist under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act. He never visited the originally assigned treating psychiatrist. Must we give the employee a choice of three other psychiatrists?
A. Under Florida’s current workers’ compensation system, a claimant is allowed to make one change in his treating physician during the course of treatment for any one accident. There is no longer a necessity to provide a claimant with a choice of three physicians.
Also, remember that, to be entitled to a change in physician, the claimant must first receive treatment from the initially authorized physician.
So in the situation you have described, the employee is not entitled to a one-time change in treating physician until the employee receives treatment from the psychiatrist authorized by the employer/carrier. Subsequently, if the employee chooses to seek a change, the claimant will not be entitled to select from a list of three, but will need to change to a single assigned psychiatrist.