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House Bill No. 5486

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-125

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FURNISHING OF MEDICAL REPORTS UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 31-294f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) An injured employee shall submit himself to examination by a reputable practicing physician or surgeon, at any time while claiming or receiving compensation, upon the reasonable request of the employer or at the direction of the commissioner. The examination shall be performed to determine the nature of the injury and the incapacity resulting from the injury. The physician or surgeon shall be selected by the employer from an approved list of physicians and surgeons prepared by the chairman of the Workers' Compensation Commission and shall be paid by the employer. At any examination requested by the employer or directed by the commissioner under this section, the injured employee shall be allowed to have in attendance any reputable practicing physician or surgeon that the employee obtains and pays for himself. The employee shall submit to all other physical examinations as required by this chapter. The refusal of an injured employee to submit himself to a reasonable examination under this section shall suspend his right to compensation during such refusal.

(b) [Any] ALL medical reports [resulting from an examination requested by an employer or directed by the commissioner under this section] CONCERNING ANY INJURY OF AN EMPLOYEE SUSTAINED IN THE COURSE OF HIS EMPLOYMENT shall be furnished within thirty days after the completion of the reports, at the same time and in the same manner, to the employer and the employee or his attorney. [All other medical reports concerning any injury of an employee sustained in the course of his employment shall be furnished to the employer, employee or attorney.]

Approved May 24, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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