by Michael Memberg, Esq.

The debate over communications with doctors reached the Georgia Supreme Court in July, when the Court held oral arguments. The Court has been asked to rule on the recent holding in McRae from the Court of Appeals that currently limits defense attorneys from meeting with even authorized treating physicians without the claimant’s consent. This case has drawn amicus briefs from several attorneys on both sides of the issue.

Medical privacy is clearly a large issue in the country right now, and this is the first time the Georgia Supreme Court will rule on this issue as it relates to workers’ compensation. We expect a ruling by the first part of 2013.