I have a law firm in Kentucky to whom I refer my Federal WC cases. Please call me at 404-523-6100 or e-mail me at email@example.com and I will get you the information. As these are Federal cases, they do not have to be Georgia attorneys.
Hal Whiteman is correct, it is hard to earn a fee and, I believe, the Hearing Office is in Jacksonville.
A Functional Capacities Evaluation is used to determine your physical capabilities. I agree that it is unusual to have one at this point in treatment. It appears as though the doctor is going to try to find out your capabilities now so that your company could see if it has modified work for you. Of course, if you decide to have surgery, your capabilities would change and the FCE would not be helpful. It sounds as though you are heading towards surgery. At that point, you would be totally...
Unfortunately, Georgia is a Right to Work state. That means that your company can fire you at any time. I would encourage you to hire an attorney at this point. You will need help with settling your case at some point. As you will not be returning to your job, there is not reason not to settle the case. I am sorry that you lost your job. That is not an uncommon occurrence for people who are out of work because of an on the job injury. Good luck.
We need a little more information to answer your question properly. Did the doctor send you back to work with restrictions? Then the company should make sure that you are not working outside of your restrictions, for example, not making you lift more than you can. If the doctor returned you to work without restrictions, the doctor is saying that you can do anything and you have a much more difficult situation. I would recommend that you get a second opinion from another doctor on the panel,...
You are allowed one switch to another doctor on the Panel of Physicians. I believe that this change will count as your one switch. I would recommend against this, however. I would be wary of switching to another doctor in the same group. If you want to switch to another Panel Physician, I would recommend that you go to a different medical group altogether. Good luck.
Of course, the problem is that an attorney who takes your case might not get paid either, plus it is time consuming to follow the process to collection. I would suggest you contact a newer attorney who might be more inclined to take a chance on a case like yours.