Employers who have Workers Compensation are required to have a Panel of Physicians. The employer determines what physicians are on the panel. The Panel of Physicians should be filled out completely and updated regularly. This is a very important step that is often overlooked. ALL employees should know what a Panel of Physicians is and who to contact if an injury occurs. Supervisors should never decide if someone is hurt or not. All supervisors need to report ALL injuries to the person who manages the company’s Work Comp program. A treating physician from the Panel of Physicians must make the determination whether an injury is a compensable work-related injury or not.
Next post, we are going to explore specifics of the State of Tennessee Physician Panel for injuries occurring after July 1, 2014.