My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: California
Background: I've been out of work for almost three months now due to anxiety disorder(s) with somatic features resulting from hostile work environment. I initated a worker's compensation claim about two months ago and was told I need to change all my treating doctors to those on the company's Medical Provider Network (MPN). I've called several doctors so far and none are accepting new worker's compensation patients, so I'm still seeing my non-MPN doctors for treatment. I've mustered the courage to call another MPN doctor today (left a message) but I doubt he'll be accepting WC patients either.
Here's my problem, I developed an anxiety disorder from workplace bullying. (The threatening, inappropriate misconduct by my supervisor on my last day of work was substantiated by Human Resources indepently of my worker's compensation claim.) My anxiety makes it REALLY hard to make/answer phone calls because of social phobia and post-traumatic stress issues. I REALLY don't like the idea (& scared) of changing my treating doctors but I know I have to for worker's comp. BUT all these phone calls (in addition to phone calls and paperwork related to worker's compensation and company medical leave) seems to be worsening my anxiety symptoms.
So, here are my questions:
(1) What's going to happen when my worker's compensation claim eventually is settled (denied or approved) in terms of the almost 30 doctors visits I've had so far with non-MPN doctors?
(2) Do I have to change ALL my doctors or just the ones treating my anxiety disorder? I have a psychiatrist evaluating my mental state, a therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy, a primary care doctor treating the somatic symptoms, an immunologist/allergist treating the resultant asthma/allergies, a neurologist I saw for a short while after my emergency room visit for temporary paralysis, a dermatologist treating adult acne, and chiropractor that I haven't seen in a few years but who I went to for pain management for over two years.
(3) What happens if I decide to drop my worker's compensation claim? Can I refile later? I just want to recover and move on with my life as soon as possible; the worker's compensation process is significantly hindering and delaying this goal.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your assistance.