Can a doctor report to an employer with an accusation ofan injured employee being drugseeking?

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Can a doctor report to an employer with an accusation ofan injured employee being drugseeking?

My husband was in a car accident while working. His employer sent him to be checked out by their doctor and he was diagnosed with several severe injuries and was treated with pain medication and physical therapy. He is still suffering with pain and asked his doctor for a refill on pain medication and the doctor was very rude and told him that he wasn’t in pain and making it up. He filed a complaint with the urgent care company on the doctor’s unprofessional manner. Today the doctor called his HR and told them he was “drug seeking”.

Asked on December 15, 2010 under Malpractice Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The way that you have phrased the question here it certainly seems that the doctor is being retaliatory and calling your husband's work.  Now you may want to go beyond the complaint to the urgent care company and speak with someone else on the matter.  Perhaps the state licensing bureau and file a formal complant against the doctor for the unfounded accusations made.  If your husband was found to have a valid injury and was given medication by a licensed physician for these injuries his regular doctor should have spoken with the other physician and examined him and generally investigated the case.  He needs to be reprimanded formally so that he does not do it again. It was very unprofessional behaviour. Good luck. 


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