No. A doctor may not lie in a workers compensation case. There are very different ways of determining disability ratings according to the AMA Guidelines. Different doctors give different ratings often. Company doctors tend to give lower ratings and doctors whom your attorney refers you to may give a higher rating. However, I would suggest you get an independent rating from a new doctor. We can help you with that.
You have a right to an independent medical examination with a doctor of your choice if you have been paid workers comp within the last 120 days. If you need help selecting a favorable doctor, please let me know. Also, even if you have not been paid benefits, you can select another doctor from the panel of physicians that the employer should have provided to you. It sounds like you need to retain an attorney to help you with this. Otherwise, the treating doctor is going to cut you loose and...
The insurance company can never force you to settle especially when you still have medical procedures that have not been authorized. They realize that they are going to have to pay for the surgeries and are trying to strong-arm into settling for less than full value. You will need an attorney to get the insurance company to approve the surgeries and medical procedures and to also help with the other roadblocks they will try and put up. I used to be an insurance company lawyer so I know their...
Hopefully, you got in touch with your attorney. He/she should be answering your questions regarding your new issues. I do not see a problem with your family doctor prescribing medication. However, it might be difficult to get reimbursed later because the company doctor did not prescribe the medication. If you need the medication to get through the day, do what you have to do.
If they are injured while still on property even after hours, they are likely to be entitled to workers comp benefits. If they are hurt off premises while traveling home, in most instances, this will not be a liability concern to you. There are lots of different rules for on call workers and the like so it sounds like you need to talk to a lawyer. We offer free consultations.
Your weekly compensation rate is determined by the amount you made for the 13 weeks before your accident date. This is called your average weekly wage. Then, under Georgia law, your compensation rate is 2/3 of the average weekly wage subject to a maximum of $500 per week. Compensation is paid generally for 400 weeks from the date of the accident unless you are released to light or full duty or return to work in some other capacity.
In short, if you're catastrophically injured, there's no time limit, but for most injuries, it's 400 weeks (or 350 weeks if you're partially disabled). This is for weekly benefits. Medical care in georgia can continue forever.