I had the privilege of representing a lovely lady who worked 19 years for a “big box store” in Metro Atlanta. She was a laborer responsible for continuous stacking, sorting, moving, pushing, pulling, and loading and unloading of merchandise both coming into and exiting this company.
18 years into this employment found her needing medical treatment. Her employer authorized her to get treatment NOT under workers’ compensation, the logical and lawful system for her treatment, but using her personal physician and group insurance. She treated for about 9 months with injections, therapy and medicines. She remained at work, doing the best she could. She was released by her doctors with the last physician telling her she could come back and have surgery if she wanted to “go that route”. My client declined that option. She continued to work.