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Don’t Make This Workers’ Compensation Mistake

Changing doctors without knowing all your rights is a common workers’ compensation mistake.  Getting good medical treatment is important.  The rules about changing doctors can be tricky.

You have rights under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws that help you get good medical treatment.  You need to understand those rights before changing doctors.

Doctor with arms crossedDo I need to know more before changing doctors?

Unfortunately, your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company probably has not explained all those rights to you.  Here are some questions that you should ask:

  • Have you been shown a panel of physicians?
  • Have you been told that you can pick a doctor off the panel?
  • Have you been told that you can select a different doctor off the panel?
  • Have you been told that you can choose whatever doctor you want if there is no panel or if the panel does not comply with the law?
  • Have you been told that you have a right to a second opinion?

If the answer to any of these questions is “No”, then you have not been fully informed of your rights.  Many injured workers are not fully informed.  This lack of information causes them to make a big mistake.  They do not get treatment with the best doctor.

Why does it matter which workers’ compensation doctor I pick?

You need a good doctor to get fair treatment in a workers’ compensation case.  Your main workers’ compensation doctor is known as your authorized treating physician.

The authorized treating physician is your main workers’ compensation doctor.  That doctor has a lot of power.

The authorized treating physician controls your medical treatment.  The authorized treating physician determines your work restrictions and approves light duty jobs.

What if my employer told me to go to a certain doctor?

Many injured workers get sent to the immediate care or occupational clinic by their employer.  They do not know that they can actually select a doctor off their employer’s panel of physicians.  If they do not get the medical treatment they need, they want to change to another physician.

These injured workers have many options to make that change.  But they do not usually understand these options.

They may talk to the adjuster about getting to another doctor.  Often, they end up selecting a “company doctor” for their one time change of physician.

If this “company doctor” does not provide good treatment, they need to change doctors again.  Since these injured workers have changed doctors already, the insurance company will almost always fight any additional doctor changes.  This fight usually delays medical treatment for months if not years.

What should I do before changing doctors?

The best thing you can do is make sure to fully understand your medical rights before you make a decision about changing doctors.  The best way to do that is to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney.

A good workers’ compensation attorney can make sure you fully understand your rights.  The attorney can also provide guidance regarding which doctor will likely provide the best medical treatment.

We know this can be difficult.  Our firm provides free consultations in workers’ compensation cases to help you out.  Many people want to understand how the free consultation process will work and what they will learn.  This article explains how a free consultation with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys works and how you can set one up.  Take a look at it and then let us know if we can help.

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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