Moultrie, GA asked in Workers' Compensation and Military Law for Georgia

Q: If I am fired for not doing the light duty work , are they still liable for the medical bill.

It’s a Workman’s Comp claim, knee injury and I injured my back outside of the job and haven’t returned to work.

2 Lawyer Answers
Tristan Blain Morrison
Tristan Blain Morrison
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Most of the time, yes! There are basically two kinds of work accident claims: accepted and denied claims. If your claim was accepted, and the medical care is also accepted, then your medical bills with authorized doctors (i.e. the company's doctors) must be paid by work comp. That said, the insurer can deny your medical care, or simply refuse to pay for it, and then things get more complicated. My best advice for you is to call an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to weekly income benefits, or medical care, regardless of what your employer tells you. It probably will not surprise you that your employer and their insurance company may care more about their own finances than about giving you honest advice. For any injury bad enough to take you out of work for more than a week, consider hiring a lawyer.

Tim Rose
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Pleasant Grove, UT

A: For your work injury, yes. However, the employer will not have to pay you for the time missed while you are unable to work due to your back.

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