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Can I Refuse Medical Treatment?

Sometimes, our workers compensation clients ask us if they have to have the surgery recommended by their treating doctor. The answer is “No”.

Luckily, no one can force you to have surgery.  All surgeries (and many other forms of medical treatment) have risks.

If you have ever had surgery, you are probably aware of this.  The doctor performing the surgery probably discussed the risks with you before surgery.  You almost certainly signed an informed consent forms that acknowledged that you were aware of these risks.  Because you are the one acknowledging and taking the risks, it is only fair that you get to make the decision about whether you undergo the surgery.

Female doctor with older man showing xray of spine and back at hospitalDo I have to have medical treatment?

It is not only surgery that can concern injured workers.  Many people are concerned about medications, injections or other forms of medical treatment.  Some people are concerned about allergic reactions to medications or injections.  Other people are afraid of large needles.

What should I do if I have concerns about medical treatment?

The decision about a particular type of medical treatment is best made by consulting with your doctor and getting all the information you can.  Be sure and ask the questions that you have.

It may be helpful to write down your questions.  This can help make sure you get answers to all of them.

Can my benefits be stopped if I do not have medical treatment?

Sometimes, insurance companies tell injured workers that their benefits are going to be stopped if they do not have surgery or some other treatment recommended by the doctor.  They sometimes claim that you are failing to cooperate with medical treatment.

There are almost always steps that can be taken to prevent your benefits from being stopped.  What should be done will depend on the specific facts of your case.

If an insurance company is threatening to stop your benefits for failing to cooperate with medical treatment, you should speak to an attorney who specializes in workers compensation cases.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.

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