Can I Go to Any Doctor That I Want?
Not exactly. Employers must identify specific physicians that injured employees may see for an evaluation. This can be done in the following ways:
By posting “in prominent places on the business premises” a listing of the “Traditional Panel of Physicians” comprised of six doctors. You are allowed to pick any one of the six for an evaluation. The panel must consist of one orthopedic physician and no more than two industrial clinics.
Alternatively, businesses can post a “Conformed Panel of Physicians” composed of 10 doctors. This panel will include the same six doctors listed in the traditional panel plus chiropractors and general surgeons.
Another option to employers is to post the name of the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization that is certified by the Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation to provide medical care to injured workers.Under this system, you are allowed to change to another doctor one time without notifying your employer. Typically, you will still be limited to picking a doctor from your employers’ approved list, but there are exceptions. Talking with one of the Accident and Disability Attorneys at Monge & Associates can help you determine what types of exceptions might allow you to select your own physician, regardless of the employer’s preselected panel.