Medical Treatment under Workers’ Compensation in Georgia
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After a workplace injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible for your own health and safety. If your injury is or should be covered by workers’ compensation, you will need to take certain steps regarding medical treatment in order to recover the benefits you are owed.
The Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers at Whiteman, Hamilton & Conklin, LLC can help you secure proper medical treatment following an on-the-job accident or injury. We are here to serve as your guide and advocate throughout each stage of the legal process.
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Choosing a Doctor
If you are injured at work, you may assume that you can be treated by your normal doctor. However, this may not be the case. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you will typically need to see an authorized treating physician. Your employer should have a list of authorized treating physicians (known as a “panel of physicians”) available. You will usually need to select a physician from this list.
If the physician you initially choose is not a good fit, however, you are not stuck with him or her. Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, you are allowed to change doctors one time, as long as the second doctor you choose is also an authorized treating physician. You do not need your employer’s permission to make this change.
Getting a Second Opinion
If you have been receiving workers’ compensation benefits and your authorized treating physician decides that you have substantially healed from your injury or healed as much as you are going to, your workers’ compensation payments will end. However, you do have the right to obtain a second opinion exam from a qualified physician if you believe your benefits were ended prematurely. If you decide to get a second opinion, you must inform your employer and/or your employer’s insurance provider of this in writing.
Similarly, your employer may ask for a second opinion after receiving a report from your authorized treating physician. By law, both employees and employers in Georgia may request an independent medical examination when the employee is claiming/receiving workers’ compensation benefits. This exam will be conducted by a non-treating physician.
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When receiving medical treatment under workers’ compensation, it is absolutely imperative that you attend all your scheduled doctor’s appointments and follow your doctor’s orders. Doing so is not only crucial for your own healing, but it is also critical for the outcome of your case.
If you need help with any aspect of obtaining medical treatment after a work-related injury, Whiteman, Hamilton & Conklin, LLC can help. We are here to answer your questions and assist you throughout the process of securing workers’ compensation benefits.
Contact us today at (404) 800-4661 for a free consultation with one of our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys. We can come to you!