Category: Workers’ Compensation Doctors


Can the workers’ comp insurance company’s lawyer talk to my doctor without me?

Wondering if your employer or workers’ comp representative can talk to your doctor when you’re not present? The short answer is: yes. According to O.C.G.A. § 34-9-207 , when “an employee has submitted a claim for workers’ compensation benefits or is receiving payment of weekly income benefits or the employer has paid any medical expenses,  … Read more

If I’m on workers’ compensation disability in Georgia, am I required to see the panel doctor?

If you’re injured on the job in Georgia, your employer should direct you to a workers’ comp panel of physicians immediately after reporting a workplace injury and in accordance with the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. You must  pick from this list if it is valid. What is the workers’ comp panel of physicians? The panel of physicians contains six doctors  … Read more

What should I do if I sustain an injury at my job in Georgia?

Wondering what to do if you get hurt at work? If you have never experienced an on-the-job injury before, you should be aware of what to do right away, so that you are able to protect your rights should something occur. Here’s a short (but important!) list of things Georgia employees should know: Take Notes  … Read more

Does workers’ compensation pay more for medical care than group health insurance?

A recent report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates that workers’ compensation plans have to pay out more on the whole for treatment than employer-sponsored group or private health plans. The independent think tank is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and looked at sixteen states for this study. In over two-thirds of them, medical payouts on workers’  … Read more

New WCRI study shows some services underutilized by workers’ comp doctors

According to the just-released results of a study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, nearly one in twelve workers injured on the job and given narcotics are still on them three to six months later. The report released on the study, ‘Longer-Term Use of Opioids,’ asserts that this is a result of few doctors following recommended  … Read more

Are workers’ compensation doctors overprescribing pain meds to injured workers?

It’s no new thing that workplace insurers nationwide are having to pay out billions of dollars in workers compensation benefits and reimbursements every year. The largest of those payouts, naturally, go to employees who are catastrophically injured, losing limbs and function in the process. However, those insurers are now finding themselves addressing another large, fast-growing  … Read more

My workers’ comp doctor has suggested fusion surgery. Can this be risky?

Dr. Aria Sabit is a 36-year-old neurosurgeon who had the benefit of a seven-year residency, the final year of which he spent as a chief resident. He also currently has 17 malpractice lawsuits against him; all the suits deal with surgeries Sabit performed in exactly as many months from the middle of 2009 to the end  … Read more

How does an injured worker in Atlanta choose a doctor?

Injured workers in Georgia should be directed to a panel of physicians immediately after reporting a workplace injury, in accordance with the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act.  In most instances, the panel must contain six doctors or medical facilities from which an injured employee can choose a treating doctor. Often the piece of paper containing these  … Read more