Doctors Determine When You Return to Work
How Doctors Determine When You Return to Work
How does your employer or insurance company determine when you return to work? The number one priority for an adjuster and an employer in a workers’ compensation claim is often not getting you better. Sadly it is often getting you released to work as quickly as possible. Doctors are on an immense amount of pressure from the employers and insurers to facilitate a quick return to work. Of course, anyone who is able to return to work should return to work as quickly as possible. However, the problem arises when the doctor is pressured to release someone to either light duty or regular-duty work and they are still not healed.
Video – Workers’ Compensation Panel of Physicians
Injured workers have the right to choose their own doctor from a panel of physicians. Most injured workers are sent to emergency rooms or urgent care centers by their employers. However, injured workers have rights to choose their doctor from a valid panel of physicians. Watch this video to learn the process and rights under your work injury claim.
New Rules in Georgia Workers’ Compensation
The State Board of Workers’ Compensation enacted a new rule which allows nurse case managers to communicate with physicians on claims that are non‑catastrophic. Also, this discussion resulted in several articles. The primary goal of the nurse case manager is your return to work. More often than not the first question that they ask is “can the claimant return to work?” There are new guidelines that the nurse case managers must follow, however, many times they are not. This is new and unchartered territory which is causing much confusion and frustration for everyone involved in representing injured workers. However, workers’ compensation attorney request nurse case managers adherence of the Board rules. Hopefully, they participate in meetings with the doctors and follow the process.
Workers’ Compensation Doctors
Typically, treating physicians on the panel want you to return to work regardless of your health. Therefore, they have a vested interest in retaining this business and keeping the employer and insurer happy. Their vested interest is not necessarily your well-being. I have heard many doctors say “workers’ comp won’t let me” or “I have to release him to light-duty work per the insurance company.” This is not the case and insurance companies should not be dictating your care. This is why it is very important to have a skilled lawyer at your side. Contact Beth Gearhart for a free consultation and no cost to learn your rights and options.