Does an injured worker have the right to a second opinion or independent medical evaluation?


Generally, an employee has the right to one independent medical examination with a physician of the injured worker’s choosing.  The doctor must be in Georgia or within 50 miles of the injured worker’s residence.  This second opinion or independent medical evaluation will be at the expense of the Employer and Insurance Company.  However, the second evaluation must take place within 120 days of the injured worker’s receipt of income benefits.  Additionally, written notice of the evaluation must be made in advance of the examination.  The Employer and the Insurance Company’s liability for repeat diagnostics may be limited to $250.  See, O.C.G.A. §34-9-202

If you have been injured on the job and have received weekly income benefits, you may be eligible for a free second opinion or independent medical examination.  Contact the Ramos Law Firm, if you believe you need assistance in securing this medical right under the Workers’ Compensation Act.