What to Do About Medical Bills After a Georgia Work Injury
When you suffer a Georgia work injury, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include payment of all medical bills. However, there are certain steps you need to follow to ensure your treatments are paid for.
At Parsons & Associates, P.C., our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many clients to get their medical bills paid after getting hurt on-the-job. If you have medical bills and you aren’t sure what to do about them, call us today for a free case consultation. In addition to evaluating your work injury claim, we can also answer questions including:
- What should I do about my medical bills after a Georgia work injury?
- Does an employer or insurer have to cover all medical bills?
- How can an Atlanta work injury lawyer help me get my medical bills paid?
What Should I do About my Medical Bills After a Georgia Work Injury?
Your workers’ compensation benefits should generally cover medical treatment you receive. Typically, you should not be billed personally for your treatment but instead the medical care provider should send your invoices to an insurance adjuster.
To make sure the bills are going to the right place, put the medical care provider on formal notice that the bill is for a workers’ compensation injury. Provide the name and address of the insurance adjuster as well as your workers’ compensation claim number to the medical office where you are receiving treatment.
If you receive bills even after providing notice, you should send the invoices immediately to your Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer. If you are not represented, you will either need to get a legal professional to help you or you will need to contact the medical provider who sent the invoice and give them the workers’ compensation information.
Does an Employer or Insurer Have to Cover all Medical Bills?
An employer or insurer does not necessarily have to cover all medical bills. For your bill to be covered:
- The treatment must have been provided by an authorized treating physician.
- The treatment must have been reasonably necessary to relieve pain, improve your medical condition, cure your health problems or make it possible for you to return to employment.
- The amount of the bill must conform to the Workers’ Compensation fee schedule.
If you get treatment outside of what is covered, then you may have to pay out-of-pocket. If you have any doubts about whether the insurer or employer should be paying for a procedure or treatment protocol, it is a good idea to talk to an Atlanta workers’ comp attorney.
How can an Atlanta Work Injury Lawyer Help Me get my Bills Paid?
Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf; advise you on requirements for treatment; and assist with disputes over medical coverage. In some cases, appeal to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation is necessary if you are denied coverage for medical treatment that should be covered under workers’ compensation laws.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. has extensive experience helping clients to get the medical care they deserve after they get hurt at work. Call today to speak with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer who can assist you in getting the very best in medical treatment.