Stephen R. Hasner
Managing Partner at Hasner Law PC
March 27, 2023

Workers’ Compensation Law Regarding Work Restrictions

When a physician “releases” you from work that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re 100% better or ready to work full-time regular hours. You may be released on light-duty restrictions. At every appointment make sure to get your “work-status” note because that will determine whether or not you have any work restrictions. It also has implications with regard to your eligibility to receive workers’ compensation checks.

Valid or Invalid Panel?

Your employer is required to post a list of doctors for you to make a choice, but what most employees don’t realize is that there are specific guidelines for the list or “Panel of Physicians.”

  • At the minimum, the panel should have 6 physicians listed.
  • Of the 6, at least 1 has to be an orthopedic surgeon.
  • No more than 2 can be industrial clinics.
  • The panel also has to include at least one minority physician.

If the panel does not meet these requirements, you can choose a doctor not on the list. Employees should also be aware that they have a right to a one-time change to another doctor off the panel.

Our Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at Hasner Law PC Can Help

Workers’ compensation law in Georgia can be confusing, be sure to call a workers’ compensation attorney at Hasner Law PC to help guide you through the process, so you know your rights.

For more information, please contact the Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm of Hasner Law P.C. at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation today.

We serve in Fulton County, Chatham County, and its surrounding areas:

Hasner Law PC – Atlanta Law Office
2839 Paces Ferry Rd SE #1050
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 888-4878

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Savannah, GA 31401
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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.