If the injured worker desires to change doctors within the posted panel of physicians, he or she may do so without approval from the Board or the insurance company. This change is only allowed one time, however. If the injured employee wants to change physicians to someone not listed on the panel of physicians, he or she must either find a doctor the insurance company will agree to, or formally request the change from State Board of Workers’ Compensation. See, O.C.G.A. 34-9-201(e). This holds true if the insurance company wants to transfer care from the established treating physician to another physician. For example, if the insurance company desires to transfer care away from Dr. Erik Bendiks to Dr. Hal Silcox, it must either convince the injured worker to agree to the change or present evidence to the State Board justifying the change. This change has tremendous impact on the claim and should not be taken lightly. (more…)
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The price of gasoline and the stress of battling the Atlanta traffic to get your workers’ compensation medical appointment can add “insult to injury” in some cases. In many cases, injured workers (more…)
When an accident happens at work and an injury occurs, the first thing an injured worker should do is seek medical attention by reporting the event to the immediate supervisor or manager. The injured employee should report the details of the accident but focus on securing medical attention. At our firm, we encourage (more…)
Effective January 1, 2014, Board Rule 104 requires that Form WC-104 be filed with the Board at the same time (more…)
The Georgia Governor and Legislature amended the Workers’ Compensation Act to limit the medical benefits afforded to injured workers. Currently, if you are injured on the job, you are entitled to (more…)
The 20113 Georgia Legislature is considering amending the Workers’ Compensation Act.
With regards to medical treatment, the proposed bill takes aim at limiting coverage to the injured workers. Currently, if you are injured on the job, you are entitled to (more…)