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My Workers’ Comp Doctor Has Nothing More To Offer Me

You have gotten some medical treatment from a workers’ comp doctor but are still in a lot of pain.  The doctor tells you, “You are just going to have to learn to live with pain.”  Is that right? Is there nothing you can do?

Doctors cannot fix everything.  But, that does not mean the workers’ comp doctor is right when he or she tells you that you just need to learn to live with pain.

Should I get another medical opinion?

You may want to find out if another doctor has some treatment to offer.  If your pain is severe enough that you are wondering if you should get another opinion, then it is probably worth your time to find out if something else can be done.

The workers’ compensation insurance company has an obligation to pay for medical treatment you need to get you better.  It saves the insurance company money when you do not get medical treatment.  Your goal should not be to save them money.  Your goal should be to get the treatment you need to recover from your injury.

The insurance company will probably not push to get you to another doctor.  You will probably have to take it on yourself or get help from an attorney.  There are several different ways that you can get another opinion about medical treatment.  Take a look at my past article about second opinions for some ideas.

The second opinion doctor may offer you a plan to get you better, but how do you get that treatment done?What if the second opinion doctor offers me a plan for getting better?

Getting the second opinion is the first step. If the second opinion doctor offers a good plan, you will want to try to make the workers’ compensation insurance company pay for the recommended treatment.

Georgia workers’ compensation has special rules about what doctors the insurance company has to pay. To get treatment with the new doctor paid by workers’ compensation, the new doctor must become an “authorized” doctor in your case.

This is probably going to involve changing your authorized treating physician.  There are several ways to do this.  If you can succeed in doing this, then you will probably be able to get the recommended treatment.

Why can’t I just choose the doctor I want when my current workers’ comp doctor has nothing to offer me?

Actually, you may be able to choose who you want. There are some Georgia court cases that could help you argue that you can just pick the doctor you want when the doctor has nothing more to offer you. But the exact facts of your case will matter a lot in determining whether you can do this.

Because of that, make sure to talk with a workers’ compensation attorney before you just pick a doctor and start getting treatment.  Otherwise, you could end up with a large medical bill that you cannot force the insurance company to pay.

You need to make sure things are done the right way because the insurance company should be the one paying for the medical treatment for your work-related injury.

Will it cost me money to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney?

It will not cost you anything to talk to me or one of the other workers’ compensation attorneys in our office. We provide free consultations 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. To be notified of Jason’s new workers compensation videos, subscribe to his Georgia Workers Compensation Video Series channel on YouTube by clicking the subscribe button below.

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