April 1, 2020

How to Protect Yourself if Workers Compensation Sends You to an Industrial Clinic Doctor

What should you do if your employer’s posted panel of physicians only includes industrial clinic doctors?

Georgia law gives your employer the right to choose where you get medical care if you are hurt on the job. We may be able to get you to a different doctor down the road but in most cases the first doctor you will see will be one that appears on a “posted panel” of doctors that should be located in a break room or other central location.

Frequently, your employer’s insurance company will give your employer the names of doctors they want for the posted panel. Why? Because insurance companies want you to treat with doctors who are less likely to take you out of work, who will not order expensive tests and who will report their findings directly to a nurse case manager or directly the insurance adjuster.

Just because a physician has an M.D. after his name does not mean that the doctor has your best interests at heart. [Read more…]

Yes, Post Surgical Infections are Covered Under Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law

There is risk to every type of surgery but most of us focus on the possibility that the surgery will not fix the problem it was intended to solve.

  • You underwent a laminectomy at L3/4 but you are still having severe pain radiating into your left hip and weakness in your left leg
  • You underwent a diskectomy and fusion at L5/S1 but the hardware has not remained in place and you can barely walk much less perform any work activity
  • You underwent a carpal tunnel release but your hand is still numb and you cannot rotate your hand at all

Poor results from surgery are always an issue in workers’ compensation because often times the insurance company has delayed approving surgery and permanent nerve damage can occur if a problem is not addressed quickly.

But an equally serious complication from surgery can create even more issues. Sometimes, despite the best efforts by the surgeon and your attempts to keep your wound clean, an infection can develop at the surgical site. [Read more…]