When you get hurt at work, you may wonder what to do first. It is helpful to know that your employer should have workers’ compensation insurance. It is a legal requirement that companies with three or more employees carry workers’ compensation insurance. Insurance is supposed to provide employees with benefits, including medical treatment and partial wages, while they are recovering from a work-related injury. The first thing you must do immediately is to report the accident and injury to your employer.
What Should My Employer Do After I Report the Injury?
Your employer must follow the procedures for a workers’ compensation claim as set forth by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Your employer should have a list of doctors or medical facilities where you can receive treatment. It is important to go to one of these doctors because they are part of your employer’s insurance network and will not charge you for your treatment.
The employer should report the accident to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. The incident is thereby recorded, and you can check on the status through the system. However, sometimes an employer fails to report the accident. This can happen for any number of reasons. The employer may not want to report the incident because they don’t want their insurance to go up or they may think that the accident was not serious enough to report. In some instances, the employer may simply be unaware of how to file a report.
My Employer Disputed My Claim – Now What Do I Do?
Assuming that you followed the proper procedures and reported the accident to your employer, your employer may not believe that the injury happened at work or they may believe that you were to blame for the accident. No matter how the accident occurred, you should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. A dispute with your employer is a difficult situation. You want to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, yet you don’t want to fight with your employer.
If your employer did not report the accident to the board, you can do so yourself. Then, talk to an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney. Your Atlanta workers comp attorney may be able to resolve the situation quickly and easily. However, if a dispute still remains, your Atlanta workers compensation lawyer will be able to guide the process through the next level. You should be entitled to your medical expenses as well as a portion of your wages for the time that you were out on temporary leave. The company is required to keep a job for you as long as you follow the guidance of your doctor. In other words, you can’t stay out of work indefinitely. Your doctor will determine when your recovery is sufficient to return to work.
Getting hurt on the job creates a difficult and stressful situation. You shouldn’t have to worry about your job – that’s what workers’ compensation is for. If you were hurt while on the job, it is a good idea to consult with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer. Contact our Atlanta legal team at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your on-the-job injury.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.