For most people who are injured on the job, getting proper medical care is their number one concern. While you are entitled to medical benefits from the work comp system, actually getting them is another story. You may need the assistance of an attorney to obtain the medical care, including necessary testing, physical therapy and other prescriptions, you need to recover.
Advocates for Injured Workers
Hilley & Frieder, P.C., is an experienced team of attorneys dedicated to helping injured workers obtain all of the medical, wage loss and disability benefits they are entitled to. In a free consultation, a lawyer at our firm can review your case and explain how we can help you.
Call 404-233-6200 to schedule your free consultation.
Have your medical benefits been terminated or your workers’ compensation claim been denied? Hilley & Frieder, P.C., can represent you.
Your Rights as an Injured Worker
In Georgia, an injured worker with an accepted workers’ compensation claim is entitled to medical care for the purposes of recovery and pain relief. Some important facts about medical benefits include the following:
Your medical bills will be paid directly by the workers’ compensation insurance company — You will not have to pay any deductibles, or co-pays. Your medical benefits include the cost of all treatment, mileage to and from your doctor’s office and prescription costs.
You cannot be billed for medical care, all billings must be made directly to the insurance company — Once you injury has been accepted as a workers’ compensation claim, the doctors and other medical providers that are treating you cannot send you bills for your treatment. The bills can only be sent to the insurance company.
Your medical care must be authorized by the insurance company — If your employer has a legally valid list of doctors, you must be treated by a doctor from that list. However, if your employer has failed to maintain a valid list of doctors, then you can treat with a doctor of your choice.
You can change your doctor — If you are not satisfied with your doctor, you can change to another doctor on the panel of physicians, or request a change to another doctor through the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Board. Hilley & Frieder, P.C., can advise you about changing your doctor and other important issues in your case.
You have the right to a second medical evaluation — Provided that you are drawing or have drawn disability income benefits, you may have an evaluation by a doctor of your choice at the insurance company’s expense. This doctor does not have to be from the panel of physicians. An independent medical exam can provide the information required to show the need for the continuation of your benefits or to overcome a denied claim.
At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., we are strong advocates for injured workers. Our goal when representing you will be to help you obtain all of the medical care and other workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Helping You Get the Medical Care You Need
To schedule a free consultation about Georgia work comp medical benefits, contact Hilley & Frieder, P.C., in Atlanta. You may call our office at 404-233-6200 or send us an email and expect a prompt response.