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Back surgery following workers comp injury.

Injured workers with back problems sometimes require surgery. In Georgia, an insurance company is required to pay for the back surgery if it is medically necessary and related to the job injury. Insurance companies sometimes deny surgery under the workers' comp system and an attorney can help force them to authorize the procedure. A work comp carrier cannot, however, force an injured worker to have back surgery. Any surgery should be discussed with your authorized treating physician, and you should carefully consider the risks and benefits of proceeding with back surgery. If you have questions about the legal implications of undergoing back surgery in the Georgia workers' compensation system, contact Atlanta attorney Brian H. Sumrall at (404) 857-3835, or visit