Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits
In most cases, you will not be able to go to your personal physician for treatment for your on-the-job injury. The law requires that you select from a list of physicians posted by your company in a prominent location. In addition, the law requires that you be informed of this list and understand its purpose and function. If you are dissatisfied with your first selection, you may make one “free” change to another physician on the posted list. Any further change of physicians will require an agreement with your employer and/or insurer or an Order from the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Should you choose to go to a doctor not on the approved list, this is considered unauthorized treatment and your employer will likely not be responsible for the costs associated with this medical care. In addition, most group health insurance policies will not pay for medical treatment associated with an on-the-job injury.
In the event of a true emergency situation, you may get temporary medical care from the nearest location that handles emergency medical situations. However, once the emergency is over, you must continue your care by selecting a doctor from the list of physicians posted by your employer.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured, contact us online or call us at 404-474-3460 for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.