When you have a Georgia workers’ compensation claim, the employer can control the medical care. Now in order for the employer/insurance company to control your medical care they have to be subject to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act by having three or more regular employees in the normal course of business. They must also have what is called a “valid posted panel of physicians” or what we call a list of doctors for you to treat with if you are injured on the job. A “posted panel” has several requirements to be considered legally valid. However that is not the purpose of this response. Typically speaking if the employer has a valid posted panel of physicians they can control your medical care.
Even if they do not have a valid posted panel of physicians they can send you to “their doctors” for what is known as a DME or defense medical examination. So long as proper notice is provided you are typically required to attend the examination. There are some cases where a Georgia workers’ comp lawyer could help you fight the unnecessary attendance however those details are best discussed on a individual basis.
If you choose not to attend the DME and are receiving weekly checks, you could be in jeopardy of having your weekly checks suspended or stopped until you comply with the DME. If you have specific questions about a DME you are required to attend, you may want to reach out to a Georgia work injury lawyer and find out your legal rights.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.