Work Injury Statutes in Georgia can be complex to understand on your own. With the help of our Brookhaven Personal Injury Attorneys, you won't have the stress of navigating the workers' comp administration alone.
Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge needed to successfully protect your rights and attain benefits that you rightfully deserve in Dekalb County.
Knowing the basics of the workers' compensation insurance program will only empower you if you become injured. Keep in mind that every state has different regulations depending on the type of injury you sustained while at work.
Workers' compensation insurance is a state-mandated program that provides legally-mandated payments to Georgia employees who were injured on the job.
Workers Compensation functions like a type of insurance. In many cases, injured employees are eligible to receive coverage regardless of who was at fault and what type of injury resulted. Workers Comp covers a multitude of situations and workplace injuries, but the system also has limitations.
For example, Georgia may impose an alcohol or drug test on the injured employee and can deny coverage if the analysis shows any positive results at the time of the injury. Compensation can also be denied if the employee violated a company policy or law to cause the injury, or if the injury was self-inflicted.
1. Make your Employer Aware of the Injury immediately. It is crucial to your case that you both obtain and complete the paperwork disgnated for workplace accidents by your company. This paperwork must be filled out thoroughly and forwarded on to the appropriate organization for processing. Be sure you are as specific as possible in the report.
2. Complete an injury or illness claim. Your employer should have a claim form available to you regardless of whether or not you have already reported the accident.
Be sure to submit a claim form as soon as possible after your accident to ensure your situation doesn't lead to unnecessary complications and financial stress. Completing a claim report quickly helps you begin collecting workers’ compensation benefits sooner. Completing this claim also demonstrates that you are following protocols and makes your case more trustworthy.
3. Get the Medical Help you Need Immediately. Georgia law requires employees to select a medical care provider from a list of physicians approved by your company. Your employer is legally required to post this list in a prominent location. The law also requires that all employees are made aware of this list and understand its function.
When you visit the doctor, be sure you tell him or her that your injury or illness was work-related and explain precisely how it happened. If your doctor does not feel it is best for you to return to work because of your injury, be sure you ask for a doctor's excuse.
4. Take advantage of a Free Legal Consultation with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Our Workers’ compensation attorneys are skilled in pursuing all the benefits a Georgia worker is eligible to receive after a work injury.
Our lawyers are your best tool in determining whether or not you have a compensable claim and protecting your rights. Our attorneys will help you get the medical treatment you need and the compensation you deserve for your workers’ compensation claim.
In Georgia, it is critical to file a claim for workers compensation benefits as soon as the work injury occurs. You may be denied coverage if you wait too long after your work injury to report a claim. When too much time passes, insurance companies may begin to see your claim as illegitimate.
You must notify your employer of your injury and file a formal workers’ compensation claim. You should include any pertinent details such as:
If applicable, you may include a list of witnesses who can attest to the work-related injury on your behalf.
Obtaining Immediate Medical Care is also critical to this process. Take the time to make all of your follow up appointments as well.
After treatment, be sure to obtain all medical records that are affiliated with your workers' compensation case because your personal injury attorney will need these records.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to an attorney.
If your insurance claim is under dispute, you will be at a disadvantage if you do not retain an attorney to assist you with this highly complex process involving rules, paperwork, and procedures.
The Brown Firm Attorneys take a personal approach to ensure that you feel your work injury case receives the proper attention and time that it deserves. We will help to ensure that your claims are properly filed and your rights are protected.
If you were involved in a Brookhaven Work-Related Injury, contact our expert Personal Injury Lawyers today!
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