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May, 2011:

Delta Employee Injured on Job

In the past, our firm has represented employees who worked for Delta Airlines who injured themselves on the job.  Some employees injured themselves lifting luggage or baggage, while another (more…)

Is the employer required to provide medical treatment because of a workers’ compensation injury?

Yes, the Workers’ Compensation Act provides that “Employer/Insurer shall furnish the employee entitled to benefits under this chapter such medical, surgical, and hospital care and other treatment, items and services which are prescribed by a licensed physician . . . reasonably required and appear likely to effectuate a cure, give relief, or restore the employee to suitable employment.”   In other words, the Employer and the insurance company are responsible for the reasonable medical treatment related to the work accident.

Board Rule 200(a)(1) further explains that the: “Employer/Insurer have a duty to provide all reasonable and necessary medical treatment in a timely manner and to give appropriate assistance in contacting medical providers when necessary.”  Similarly, the Employer and Insurance company must approve and authorize this treatment without significant delay.

In our experience, many injured workers fall victim to delays and denials of medical treatment as they are not properly trained on what to ask for or what to do.  Medical treatment is crucial to properly heal from the work accident.  If you have suffered a work related accident and you are unable to get medical care, we recommend you call us at 404-355-3431 to assist you.

What is Compensation for Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)?

The law defines PPD as a disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting in a loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the injured employee’s body.  In other words, the PPD rating is a medical assessment as to whether the work injury permanently affected the injured worker’s range of motion or overall body functioning.  Generally, the PPD rating is issued by the authorized treating physician after the injured employee reaches “maximum medical improvement” where the employee is “about as good as he or she is going to get.”  The physician will make the determination of the PPD rating by using the American Medical Associations’ Guide to Impairment.  This rating will be issued in percentage compared to overall functioning.

Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation in relation to the physician’s impairment assessment.  This table is found in O.C.G.A. §34-9-263.  In certain circumstances, doctors may disagree as to the ratings and they can differ.  Also, you may have the option of seeking a second opinion.  If you have any questions about the PPD rating, please contact me at 404-355-3431.