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:
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.
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.
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