Atlanta Medical Benefits Lawyer
Being injured on the job is very common in Atlanta, Georgia. Workers in all types of employment can be injured in workplace accidents. In some cases, a worker may develop an illness because of their work conditions.
At Hasner Law PC, our Atlanta medical benefits lawyers fight to ensure that workers receive the medical treatment they need after a workplace accident. With over 80 years of combined experience, our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers can help you with all legal issues related to workers’ compensation, health care law, and the Affordable Care Act.
How Hasner Law PC can Help if You’ve Been Injured at Work in Atlanta, GA
Legal issues related to workplace accidents require the assistance of an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys assist clients with insurance claims and appeals. We have extensive experience with issues related to medical benefits.
The lawyers of Hasner Law PC have fought diligently to protect the rights of injured workers and accident victims for almost 25 years. We fight to get you the maximum compensation available for your case. Our legal team pursues all available benefits, including medical benefits.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Investigate your case and provide sound legal advice
- File insurance claims and pursue all claims for compensation and benefits
- Appeal denials of claims and refusals to pay medical benefits
- File lawsuits, when necessary, to protect your rights
- Keep you updated on the progress of your case
Do not assume that the insurance company or your employer is on your side regarding your medical benefits. Call our law office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta medical benefits lawyers.
How Common are Workplace Injuries in Atlanta, Georgia?
Georgia employers reported over 78,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019. This resulted in an incidence rate of 2.5 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, lower than the national average of 2.8.
What Are Medical Benefits for Workers’ Compensation Claims?
Accidents on the job can result in traumatic injuries, including:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Severe brain injuries and skull fractures
- Loss of sight and hearing
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Scarring and severe burns
- Neck and back injuries
When an employee sustains an injury on the job, the employee is entitled to medical benefits under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws.
Medical benefits generally cover expenses such as:
- Diagnostic tests
- Physicians’ bills
- Physical therapy
- Medications and medical supplies
- Medical equipment
- Chiropractic care
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
Medical benefits cover almost any reasonable treatment prescribed by a physician. However, the treatment must be considered reasonable and necessary to diagnose and treat the workplace injury or illness. When you need to see a specialist, your physician must make the referral.
Can I See My Doctor or a Doctor I Choose After a Work Injury?
If you are injured on the job, you must seek treatment from a doctor that has been pre-approved by your employer. Your employer must provide you with a list of at least six doctors to choose from after a workplace accident. The employer must post the list in a break room or other place that is accessible to employees.
If you do not like the doctor you choose initially, you may choose another doctor from the list at any time without employer approval. When an injury requires emergency treatment, you can go to the closest emergency room for treatment. However, follow-up care must be provided by an approved medical provider.
Do I Need to Pay My Medical Bills and Get Reimbursed?
If you are billed for emergency care, you can receive reimbursement for those expenses. Charges for other medical treatment are billed directly to your employer’s insurance provider. You should not be required to pay for any medical treatment related to your workplace injury.
However, if you see a doctor that is not pre-approved by your employer, medical benefits will not pay for those charges. You could request that the provider be added to the pre-approved list, but you should do that before seeking medical treatment. Otherwise, you could be responsible for any expenses from a non-approved physician or medical provider.
What Happens if I Am Denied Medical Benefits in Georgia?
If the insurance provider or your employer refuses to pay medical benefits after a workplace accident, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Georgia statutes limit your time to file appeals and a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you could lose your right to seek medical benefits and other workers’ compensation benefits.
Our lawyers will investigate your claim, including the validity of the denial of your medical benefits. If the insurance company or employer violated your rights or acted in bad faith, we are prepared to file a lawsuit holding the parties liable for your damages.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Law Firm in Atlanta
You have the right to seek legal advice about medical benefits and other matters related to a workers’ compensation claim. If you have questions or concerns after an on-the-job injury, contact our Atlanta medical benefits attorneys for a free consultation.