In some states, people who are injured on the job have the right to pick their own doctors. Not so, however, in Georgia. In this state, your employer can post a panel of six approved physicians from which injured employees can pick when they’re hurt.
So what happens when you don’t like the doctor?
Maybe you sense the doctor is very “pro-company” and basically acts like every injured employee is malingering for profit. Maybe you just think they’re a bad doctor. Either way, you want a chance to find someone better to treat you.
Essentially, you’re still stuck seeing a company doctor. While you can always seek treatment from another physician of your choosing, you would have to pay for those services outside of workers’ comp. You can’t refuse to attend ongoing examinations by your company doctor, either, without losing your workers’ comp benefits.
You can, however, change doctors at least once without any interference from your employer or workers’ comp so long as you choose another doctor on your employer’s list. You can also sometimes change doctors by agreement — so long as you and the insurer agree. Otherwise, you have to appeal the issue to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
When you’re hurt and unable to work, it’s important to get compassionate, expert medical assistance. You deserve nothing less. Don’t let your employer intimidate you if you don’t trust the doctor you’ve chosen.
When you need help with your workers’ compensation claim and rights, talk to a local attorney like Steven Morgan. Call 912-289-0640 to speak with an advocate who will take a personal interest in your case.