Medical, Vocational and Disability Benefits: What Rights To Medical, Vocational, and Disability Benefits Does an Injured Employee Have under the Alabama Workers Compensation Act

A: Medical Benefits:

The employer is liable to the Employee for “reasonable” and “necessary” medical treatment resulting from a job-related injury. This liability for medical treatment is limited only by the requirement that it be necessary and reasonable. The employer is also liable for the cost of medical supplies, such as crutches, hearing aides or prescriptions, and other expenses incident to reasonable and necessary medical care. This includes mileage to and from medical and rehabilitation providers at the rate paid by the State for official travel.

If the Employee needs medical treatment because of a work-related injury, the Employee must go to the physician or hospital chosen by the employer. If at some point this physician is unsatisfactory to the Employee, the Employee has the right to select another doctor from a panel of four physicians provided by the employer....

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