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Emergency Treatment for Georgia Workers’ Compensation Employees

Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Statute, if the injured employee receives emergency treatment for his on-the-job injury with an otherwise unauthorized physician, then this physician is authorized so long as the emergency exists. Emergency is defined as “an unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency.” However, once the emergency subsides, the workers’ compensation employee must resume care with an authorized physician.

Often the question arises as to whether an emergency truly exists and whether the Employer/Insurer must pay for treatment. This is a question of fact to be determined by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.

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