Yes. If you have received weekly income benefits for your on-the-job injury, then, within 120 days of the date you last received a weekly income benefit check, you have the right to undergo a second-opinion examination. If you wish to undergo a second-opinion examination, you must notify your employer or its insurance company of your examination in advance and in writing.
There are some limitations on second-opinion examinations. They are as follows:
- They must take place within 120 days of the date you last received a weekly income benefits.
- They must take place within the State of Georgia or within 50 miles of your residence.
- They must be performed by a “duly qualified physician or surgeon.”
- The examination may be a physical, psychiatric, or psychological examination.
- The examining physician cannot repeat any diagnostic procedures (such as X-rays, MRIs, CT Scans, etc.) that have been performed since your date of injury and that cost more than $250.00 unless you or some other party other than your employer or its insurance company pays the amount that exceeds $250.00.
If you have any questions or concerns about your right to get a second opinion, or if you need help selecting a physician to perform a second opinion examination, we encourage you to contact an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney.