Protect Your Rights by Pre-Designating Your Doctor

As a worker in California, your right to pre-designate a physician in the event of a future on-the-job injury has been extended indefinitely. Make sure that you—not your employer—control your medical care if you are injured on the job.

It is more important than ever for you to advise your employer in writing before an injury that if you’re hurt on the job you want to be treated by your personal physician. This enables you to continue to be cared for by a doctor who knows your medical history and with whom you have built a relationship. Be sure to keep a copy of your signed pre-designation form for your records.

If an employer has a Medical Provider Network to treat injured employees, a worker must usually be treated by a doctor in that network unless he or she pre-designates.

Link to Presignation Form (PDF)

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