Whether you’re suffering from carpel tunnel, in severe back pain or dealing with a broken arm, no injury is enjoyable.
A work accident injury is especially frustrating because your company will require you to see their doctor rather than your own if they have a posted panel of physicians.
When you’re already in pain, the last thing you want to do is search through the company’s list of unfamiliar doctor names and pick some stranger with whom to share your concerns. You know nothing about their credentials, and they know nothing about your health history.
Plus, there’s always that nagging doubt that since your company is paying the doctor’s salary, he or she may not be as sympathetic to your story as your family doctor would be. After all, aren’t they in cahoots with the company?
If you’re uncomfortable going to a strange doctor, you might want to get a recommendation from someone outside the office.
Atlanta work injury attorney Ty Wilson is familiar with the workers compensation doctors in the area, and he can help direct you to the physician or specialist who will best fit your needs.
While there are certain requirements as to whether you have to choose a doctor from your company’s list of approved physicians (called the Panel of Physicians), you may not. Before you make a choice you should call Atlanta workers compensation lawyer Ty Wilson.
Who pays the bills?
Trying to figure out all the restrictions on what doctor bills your employer pays might leave you with a headache.
The short answer is that your employer is required to pay, all reasonable and necessary bills as they relate to your work related injury, any doctor bills that are intended to give relief, cure and return the injured worker back to suitable employment. However, this does not apply to any doctor, you must seek authorization on any doctor not listed on your employer’s posted panel of physicians or they may not be responsible for the bill.
Equally important, your employer is also required to pay you for mileage to and from the doctor’s office so long as they are not providing transportation for you.
In general, you should not have to pay any of the bills if you are seeing an authorized treating physician.
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.