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What Exactly is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers' compensation, also known as workman's comp, is an insurance program mandated by the state that offers compensation to employees who sustain injuries or illnesses related to their job. Typically, any employee suffering from an occupational illness or injury is eligible for workers’ compensation, irrespective of fault. This compensation encompasses both medical and hospital expenses necessary for treating the injury, as well as disability payments during periods when the employee is unable to work. While the worker’s compensation program is overseen by the federal government, specific regulations and laws vary by state. For the most precise information, you should reach out to your state’s workers’ compensation office.

Employers in Georgia are required to provide a list of approved physicians for injured workers. In cases where such a panel is not available, employees have the freedom to choose their own medical provider.

Selecting an appropriate authorized treating physician is crucial for successfully claiming workers' compensation. These physicians play a pivotal role in:

  1. Helping you recover so you can return to work
  2. Setting Work Restrictions: They may impose work restrictions in cases where the employee can return to work but is unable to perform regular duties.
  3. Referral to Specialists: They are responsible for referring employees to additional healthcare providers as needed.
  4. Comprehensive Injury Assessment: They can order tests and treatments for injuries and ensure work injuries are documented.

Is It Possible to Choose Your Own Doctor for Treatment?

The rules vary by state, but in some, you can choose to be treated by your personal doctor if you submit a written request before the injury. Usually, employers direct injured workers to a doctor they have chosen and pay for. The findings of your doctor significantly influence the benefits you receive.

Common Workplace Injuries that are Atlanta Workers' Compensation Doctors Treat

  1. Trips, Slips, and Falls: Account for a significant portion of workplace injuries.
  2. Injuries from Moving Machinery: Common in industrial settings, preventable through training and protective measures.
  3. Vehicle-Related Injuries: Prevention includes risk assessments and safety measures like speed limits.
  4. Fire and Explosion Incidents: A smaller percentage of workplace injuries, preventable with proper safety equipment and training.

Does Workers’ Compensation Include Coverage for Chronic Illnesses and Long-Term Issues?

Workers' compensation isn't limited to immediate injuries but also covers long-term issues resulting from continuous misuse or overuse. This includes chronic ailments like repetitive stress injuries. Workers may also qualify for compensation for certain work-related illnesses and diseases, including heart conditions, lung diseases, and stress-induced digestive issues.

Thrive Ortho & Spine Atlanta Workers' Compensation's Physicians would be happy to assist you along your recovery, contact us here to schedule an appointment.

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