When a Georgia Workplace Accident Leads to an Independent Medical Exam (Part A)

You may need to seek legal counsel from an Atlanta workplace injury attorney if you have questions or concerns regarding your rights to benefits after an on-the-job injury. After a Georgia workplace accident, you may find that navigating the Workers’ Compensation claims process is too challenging and complicated to do on your own.

An attorney can help you understand not only your rights but also your responsibilities as an employee, along with those of your employer. This may be the best way to ensure that your Workers’ Compensation claim is handled in the fairest manner possible.

An Overview of the Independent Medical Exam

When you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may find that many of the important decisions that need to be made, including which doctor you will see, are made by your employer. You may have your own family doctor or someone you prefer to see; however, the choice will ultimately be up to your employer.

An independent medical exam is conducted by a doctor of your employer’s or insurance company’s choosing. They are able to evaluate your condition in order to determine the extent of your injuries and the severity.  

While this doctor is supposed to provide quality care, the reality is that it may not happen. You may not feel comfortable with the doctor and trust what they have to say. In some cases, the doctor may even try to downplay your injuries and the necessary medical treatment in order to benefit your employer.

When you have serious concerns with the final evaluation and/or medical treatment plan, it may become necessary to contact an Atlanta workplace injury attorney. An attorney who handles work-related injuries can help determine if you have reason for your concerns and if you should ask to see a different doctor.

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