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What Is the Two-Doctor Rule?

John Lesaganich Nov. 15, 2022

John Lesaganich, the founder of our Peoria-based law firm, brings thorough knowledge of workers’ compensation law as both a defense attorney for insurance companies and an advocate for injured workers. That insight includes an awareness of the two-doctor rule and the reasons for its implementation.

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In September of 1980, Illinois workers’ compensation law was amended. Section 8A focused on the employer’s liability for reasonable and necessary medical care. The “two-doctor” rule was enacted. “Doctor shopping” was a common practice prior to the amendment that allowed for injured Illinois residents to receive treatment from two authorized doctors of their choosing.

At John Lesaganich, P.C., Attorney at Law, we clearly communicate the facts surrounding the two-doctor rule to our clients. They are not necessarily limited to two doctors. If those medical professionals make referrals, injured workers can see as many doctors as necessary. For example, a family doctor can make a referral to an orthopedist. That orthopedist can then refer their patient to a neurosurgeon.

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