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How to choose the right doctor to care for your work injury

By Heather A. Long, Esquire

When my daughter Jordyn was only 5 days old, I had the daunting task of looking for a pediatric endocrinologist for her. In my line of work, I don’t typically work with endocrinologists, pediatric or otherwise so this was unchartered water for me. Initially, I consulted with a doctor at the local children’s hospital, and I was less than impressed with the level of care we received. I then joined an online support group and through that group, found a fantastic doctor that moved to the area from Boston. We met with him and knew right away that we had finally found the right doctor for Jordyn. Every time we interact with this new doctor, I am so glad that I didn’t settle for what I considered to be sub-par service for my little girl.heather long 1qt19

Injured workers go through the same process of having to find a doctor to care for their injuries. It is unusual for an injured worker to already know an orthopedic doctor or another necessary specialist; therefore, the worker finds themselves in somewhat of a “fish out of water” situation in that they need to seek treatment right away but are not sure where to start.

In Delaware, injured workers must see a Certified Healthcare Provider in order for the doctor’s bills to be paid by the workers’ compensation insurance company. In order to become certified, these doctors and therapists take an exam conducted by the Office of Workers’ Compensation, after which, they are issued a certification. The Certification must be renewed by the doctor or therapist every two years, and the Department of Labor keeps track of these dates and lists the certified doctors on their website.

A list of all workers’ compensation Certified Healthcare Providers is available online and can be found on the Department of Labor website at http://dia.delawareworks.com/workers-comp/hcps/provider-certification.php.  The Department of Labor updates this list on a weekly basis, so it is important to check this list prior to seeing any doctor for a work injury. Of course, any emergency is excluded from the certification requirement.

One of the benefits of hiring a workers’ compensation attorney, is that you get a “friend in the business.” As a workers’ compensation attorney, I am familiar with the local certified doctors who treat injured workers. Based on where you live, the type of doctor you need, and any other special considerations, I can help you select the one that best suits your needs. I sure wish that I had someone like that to help me find a pediatric endocrinologist for Jordyn!

If you are injured at work, it can be challenging to find a local doctor to treat you. If all of this seems too daunting to figure out, let me be your “friend in the business.” I offer free consultations with no attorney’s fee paid until your case is settled. This gives you the peace of mind you need in order to focus on the most important thing, your health.


Heather has been an attorney for over ten years, and is currently practicing Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Law as a partner at Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill, P.A. with offices in Newark and Wilmington. Heather worked her way through law school as a paralegal in a personal injury firm. After passing the bar exam, she spent several years working as a defense attorney, representing local, regional and national companies. With the knowledge gained about the inner-workings of these companies, she now represents injured workers and personal injury plaintiffs.  

Heather is a graduate of Widener University School of Law, and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Prior to attending law school, she was licensed as a paramedic and spent time volunteering for her local ambulance corps. She is also a former mock trial coach for Friends and Salesianum and current coach for Newark High School.

Heather is licensed to practice law in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, please call (302) 565-6132 or email her directly at [email protected]