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Can I choose my own doctor after a work injury?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Being injured at work can be a traumatic experience both physically and emotionally. One source of comfort may come from having the ability to see a familiar doctor whom you trust.

However, if your aim is to pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, this option may not be available. In Georgia, there are a number of strict rules that must be adhered to in order to receive such workers’ compensation benefits.

What does the law say?

First of all, it is important to stress that employees have the right to seek immediate care from any physician in the event that urgent medical attention is required. However, once medical needs are no longer considered to be urgent, terms concerning medical treatment are likely to change.

The law relating to medical practitioners and workers’ compensation claims in Georgia is outlined in the workers’ compensation bill of rights. The law states that employers are required to have an approved panel of at least six physicians. Following a work-related injury, the employee will have to choose a physician from this approved panel. A failure to do so could significantly reduce the chances of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

Is it possible to change doctors?

Typically, workers may be permitted to change doctors on one occasion. However, the physician must still be a part of the list of approved physicians. It is important to note that by opting not to utilize an approved doctor, your chances of receiving workers’ compensation benefits could be reduced. Moreover, you may also incur significant medical costs.

If you have been injured at work, it could be beneficial to seek help from a legal professional. Steven Morgan is a local attorney who can help. Call 912-289-0640 or send him a message through the website.