Will the workers' comp carrier pay the cost of surgery in a settlement instead of providing the surgery?

Sometimes a workers' compensation carrier will pay for the cost of a surgical procedure as part of a settlement if the injured worker does not want to undergo surgery at the time of the workers' comp settlement. There is no way to force them to do so. Further, with regard to Georgia workers' comp claims, it is important to remember that workers' comp insurers pay for medical treatment pursuant to the Georgia Fee Schedule. That means they get a deep discount when they pay a doctor for medical treatment. Because they get a discount, work comp carriers are less likely to consider the full cost of a surgery when deciding how much they are willing to pay to settle your claim. If you have any questions about these complicated issues with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer, call Brian H. Sumrall at (404) 857-3835.

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