Law Office Of William F Underwood - April 2020


THE CARE YOU DESERVE Finding the Right Doctor After a Workplace Injury It can be earth-shattering to be injured on the job. Your career offers you a steady paycheck and a consistent schedule, but a workplace injury can change all that. You may be left wondering where your next paycheck will come from and how you can afford everyday expenses. At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., we understand this concern, but our main goal is to make sure recovery is your top priority. We want to take care of your stress and get you the claim you deserve. Your main focus should be on recovering, and that includes finding the right doctor to lead you through it. As a guest writer for this newsletter, I’ve had the chance to cover some truly heroic pets. From Conan, the Belgian Malinois who helped in the fight against the Islamic State group, to Tama, the stray cat who saved a railway station in Japan, I’ve shared some incredible stories of animals that gained fame through their selflessness. But have you heard of my cool dog? My dog’s name is Rusty, and he has not saved a single train station. He really isn’t one for cats either, but I’d like to think he’d make an exception for Tama. That being said, my dog does have some qualities that make him newsletter worthy. Despite his name, Rusty’s the fastest frisbee catcher at the local dog park. Of course, he doesn't usually want to give the disc back once he’s caught it — he takes pride in his work! But my dog, like any hero, has more talents than just physical prowess. He selflessly provides me with important reminders! Just as Lilou the therapy pig reminds travelers in the San Francisco International Airport to relax, Rusty reminds me to never leave the TV remote in an easy-to-reach location. I swear he chews them up like candy. And the brains on this dog are really something else. Sure, African giant pouched rats have been trained to sniff out land mines — saving dozens of lives — but ol’ Rust took just two weeks to become housebroken. I’m pretty sure that makes him

some sort of genius. Plus he doesn’t drool nearly as much as my ex’s Newfoundland.

Okay, so maybe none of that is on par with saving lives, fighting terrorism, or even just keeping a rural train station in business. Maybe Rusty is just a goofy mix with a big, lovable grin. But he’s my goofy mix, and one who loves getting me to grin along with him. That seems pretty heroic to me. Any pet can be a hero in the eyes of its owner. If you have a pet half as cool as Rusty, send our team an email and tell us about them!

pertinent information about the healing process and what you may be able to expect from workers’ compensation.

Unfortunately, Georgia law dictates that employers must select a lineup of approved physicians for employees to see after a workplace injury. Other states have done away with this law, allowing employees to choose their own practitioners for care. Though this Georgia law excludes emergencies, those seeking care after a nonemergency workplace injury must choose from this select pool of doctors. We recommend that you consult with an attorney prior to seeking medical attention unless an emergency or pain prevents you from doing so. Your attorney can help you determine which doctor is the best option for you, your care, and your compensation, and if you need to change doctors, they can advise you on the best way to go about this change. Workers’ compensation can be complicated, and an attorney can ensure you are receiving proper treatment and the compensation you deserve. To learn more about the complexities of workers’ compensation law, visit Call our team to get the help you deserve so you can focus on healing after your workplace injury.

Your doctor can be crucial in determining the benefits you receive after a workplace injury. They will help you figure out how much time you need to take off following an injury and to what extent the injury may affect your future. This will give you

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