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What if you disagree with a doctor’s back pain recommendation?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

A back injury can affect your quality of life in a significant, negative way. The pain that you feel can make it hard for you to focus, affect your sleep and impact your mood. Your speed of performing your job may suffer. In some cases, you may not be able to continue doing your work until you get your pain levels under control.

When seeing a doctor for a work-related back injury, you may have strong opinions about their recommendations. For example, concerns about addiction may lead you to refuse pain relievers, while concerns about recovery time may cause you to decline a surgery.

Knowing your rights can help you avoid making a mistake that could end your benefits

Medical non-compliance can harm your case

When a doctor recommends that you follow a certain course of treatment, do you have an obligation as a patient receiving workers’ compensation benefits to do so? Simply ignoring your doctor’s recommendations will make it harder for you to continue receiving benefits in the future.

The insurance company could use your non-compliance as a reason to terminate your benefits. To protect your right to medical coverage and disability benefits, you need to show that you have followed through with your responsibilities as a patient.

That being said, you don’t have to comply with treatment that you believe would be harmful or pointless. You also have the right to request a second opinion when you strongly disagree with what a doctor recommends. Learning more about how workers’ compensation benefits work in Georgia can help you better recover from your back injury.