After receiving the request for surgery, I can not get the workers’ compensation insurance adjuster on the phone, and she will not return my calls. It has been several weeks. Just today, I have been scheduled for a independent medical evaluation with a doctor I have never heard of, can they do that?
The workers’ compensation insurance company can and often do seek out defense medical evaluations when they do not like the opinion the authorized treating physician has provided. They know if they delay long enough you will either find another way outside of workers’ compensation to get your care for your back, or you will hire an attorney or you will attempt to file a hearing and handle you own case (NOT RECOMMENDED). The insurance company knows that by obtaining the new doctor’s opinion they will have evidence to contradict that you need back surgery, when they do it will make it much harder for a Judge to decide in your favor.
You should reach out to a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney immediately.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, serving Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Bulloch, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne, Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Appling, Tattnall counties , who provides free information to the injured and the families of injured workers. 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.