Employees are entitled to workers’ compensation if they are injured while on the job. If you are injured, you must report the injury and file a claim in order to receive benefits. The process of completing and submitting a claim can be a daunting experience for some. It isn’t a difficult process, but you must be thorough or you could risk your claim being denied. There are some common mistakes that you can avoid to ensure that the workers’ compensation process is as smooth and easy as possible.
Report the Work Injury
First and foremost, always report the injury to your company. Every company usually has a method for making an injury report. You should make a report at the time of the injury as documentation of the event. You should do this even if you don’t know the extent of your injuries. At the very least, report the injury to your immediate supervisor and follow up the report with an email so you have written proof of when you reported the incident.
Fill Out the Workers Comp Forms Correctly
You will need to fill out workers’ compensation forms in order to file a claim. Workers’ compensation reports are made through the State of Georgia, State Board of Workers’ Compensation. You can find the forms you need online, but it is helpful to seek legal assistance to help you complete and file your workers’ compensation claim. This will help ensure that you don’t forget anything and that your claim will be complete and ready for processing. An experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney will guide you through the process.
Don’t Wait Too Long to File a Workers Comp Claim
It is also essential that you don’t wait too long to file a workers’ compensation claim in Atlanta. If you wait longer than 30 days, you could risk losing your benefits. Certainly, it is in your best interest to file a claim as soon as possible after the accident. Some people are afraid that their company will retaliate if they file a claim. Remember that the company cannot fire or demote you simply because you were hurt and filed a workers’ compensation claim. You are entitled to this benefit so do not let the time limit pass you by.
Always Visit the Doctor After a Work Injury
It is quite common for certain types of injuries to worsen after a day or two. For example, back injuries and sprains may not feel terribly painful when they first happen, but you may feel them the next day. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not going to the doctor for their injury. Visiting the doctor not only provides you with medical assistance but also creates an important record of your injury including when and how it occurred. If you wait to go to the doctor it will be more difficult to prove that the injury was work-related.
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.