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Other Ways To Change Workers’ Compensation Doctors in Georgia

This is the third blog post in a series on getting medical treatment in a Georgia Workers’ Compensation case.  If you have not read our first and second blog posts in this series, we think you would find it helpful to read those first.

Some Reasons You Might Not Change on the Panel of Physicians

Many times, an injured worker may need to change physicians but may not find a good choice for the injury among the six or more doctors listed on the employer’s panel of physicians.  Often, an injured worker may need to see a particular type of specialist that is simply not on the employer’s panel.  Other times, the injured worker may believe that he or she cannot get a fair shake from the “company doctors” on the panel of physicians.  Finally, the injured worker may have already seen two doctors on the panel of physicians and still have problems that those doctors have not fixed

Motions to Change Doctors

It is important to understand that injured workers in Georgia have other ways of getting medical treatment other than just the panel of physicians or agreement with their employer on a doctor.  If an injured worker needs to see a particular doctor or type of doctor and the employer will not agree, an injured worker can request a change of physician to a different doctor by filing a request under O.C.G.A. §34-9-200(b).

Rule 200 of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation specifies how this request should be made.  Basically, the injured worker or an attorney representing him or her can file a motion requesting a change of physician on a Form WC-200b or request a hearing seeking a change of physician by filing a Form WC-14.  In either instance, evidence would need to be presented supporting why the change was needed.  This evidence might include medical records from a doctor indicating that additional treatment was needed or that the injured worker needed to see a specialist.  If a motion is filed, it might also include an affidavit from the injured worker.  If a motion is filed or if a hearing takes place, an Administrative Law Judge at the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation will ultimately issue an award determining whether a change of physician should be granted.

Questions About Changing Doctors

At Perkins Studdard, we have three attorneys who specialize in representing injured workers in Georgia Workers’ Compensation cases.  If you have a question about issues involved in your case and would like a free consultation, please call the phone number at the upper right or complete the “Need Help” form on this page.

In our final blog post in this series on obtaining medical treatment and changing doctors in workers’ compensation cases, we will discuss options for getting additional medical evaluations and second opinions.

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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