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new to all of this HELP!
#11
Troop, I too am newbie to this site, but, having perused a great deal it does provide substantial benefit, at least that is my opinion. That said, I concurr with ACE25. In my neighboring state of Alabama, I had to be out 2 weeks before WC paid any wage/s. We have a lot of pro employer latitude in some areas. Employer has pretty much blank check when it comes to initial Dr.s. You may seek other but it cost you. From my experience with attorneys, I also, believe it would be to your advantage to wait before retaining one. You might confer with a couple to see if you can find one you can deal with. Remember they and/or their staff are out to make money for them -not necessarily you. Some will take a case and ride it out with the least involvement they have to make and be there to collect their share in a settlement.
Wish you luck.
With my Back injury, I was initially sent to their preferred porvider -"Doc-in-a-box"- my term for these little stand alone first aid stations tht see you when you need more than a band aid. They took X-Rays and stated "You have a problem". I stated "Duh". This led to therapy and light-duty for 1 week then immobilzation and therapy alternated finally I was told I need to see a specialist. They allowed me to choose from one specialty - Orthopedics (sp?). They sent me to an Orthapedic Specialist ,Bone Dr., when I should have been sent to a Neuro-Surgeon. Hind-sight is always better. So, for the time being ya got to follow their rules and go where they send. If you don't like it file complaints -keep records of each and every thing, (appointment times, when you are seen, who sees you, what was said and done.) I know that's a lot and hard to keep up with. I found it beneficial to purchase a small personal recording device and keep in with me.

I am also "brain-dead" so a personal recorder can come in handy for other things too.

Rest assured it will be an uncomfortable journey. They make sure you ain't there for the fun of it. However, you will survive.

Respectfully
BAMA07
 
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#12
Get a lawyer in georgia that specializes in worker's comp. In the long run your life will eb easier and the amount of money you see out of your case will be greater. Worker's comp is not a good do it yourself project.

Jim
 
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#13
You need to contact a good W/C Attorney and find a Good Doctor fast.
In My Personal opinion Workers Comp. Doctors are only interested in the Money they get from Workers Comp. and not the Patient.
There are People on this and other Boards that can tell You Horror stories about those Doctors.
 
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#14
bruinatl Wrote:thanks guys i live in georgia I am not working they want a dr to give me a full release to go back to work I have a feeling they do not want me back at all! I have been given 2 nos of good WC lawyers i guess i will be calling one tomorrow a.m. I wonder if i am required to see the dr they want or can i see one my lawyer reccomends or one that i have seen before? If i resiqn from position are they still obligated to pay for my medical care?

HI BRUINATL,WELCOME TO THE FORUM...I AM ALSO IN ATLANTA AND HAVE BEEN AT THIS FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS...WHAT ARE YOUR INJURIES AND ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO RECOVER FROM THEM IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IN YOUR/OR YOUR DOCTORS OPINION...THIS FORUM IS FULL OF KNOWLEDGABLE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN AT THIS A LONG TIME AND YOU SHOULD RECEIVE SOME GOOD INFO HERE,BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT EVERY STATES COMP SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT...AS FOR THE LAWYER,IT REALLY DEPENDS ON YOUR SITUATION,BUT I WOULD AT LEAST TALK TO A FEW AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY BUT BEING THAT YOUR CASE IS SO NEW I DON'T THINK I WOULD SIGN WITH ONE UNTIL YOU START EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH YOU CARE OR PAYMENTS...I AM POSTING A LINK TO THE STATE BOARD OF W/C FOR YOU,LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT OUR RULES,AS SOMEONE HAS SAID IN THE PAST,KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WHEN IT COMES TO THE W/C SYSTEM...LET ME KNOW IF I CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE!!!!GOOD LUCK!!!! http://sbwc.georgia.gov/02/sbwc/home/0,2...08,00.html
 
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