If you were hurt while on the job, you are facing some recovery time and may wonder whether you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. There are some requirements that you must meet in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is insurance that is carried by your employer to provide you with benefits if you are hurt while at work. There are some important steps you should take to ensure that your claim will be processed and approved. It may be helpful to seek guidance from an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney.
Report the Injury Immediately
First and foremost, if you get hurt while at work, you must report the injury to your employer. You may have an internal reporting procedure that you need to follow. Report the injury to your immediate supervisor or through your company’s human resources department.
They will likely have you fill out an accident report. Indicate exactly when, where and how the injury happened. Include the names of anyone who witnessed the accident. You have up to one year to file a claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation; however, the longer you wait to report the accident, the more difficult it will be to prove that it happened at work. If you can’t prove that it occurred at work, your claim will likely be denied.
Visit the Doctor or Hospital
Your employer should provide you with a list of doctors and hospitals that are covered under their workers’ compensation insurance policy. When you visit one of these doctors you will not have to pay anything out-of-pocket, nor will the claim go through your own insurance policy.
There are typically doctors and specialists who are available to meet your specific needs. For instance, your first medical visit may be with a general practitioner. Once your injury is diagnosed–for example, a back injury–you may be able to visit an orthopedic doctor. If you are unhappy with the doctor you have, you may be able to request a different physician.
Follow the Doctor’s Instructions
Part of your workers’ compensation claim hinges on your recovery. You will be paid a portion of your wages while you are unable to work due to your injury. You must follow the doctor’s care instructions completely in order to ensure workers’ compensation coverage. For example, if the doctor tells you to visit the rehab therapist twice a week and you fail to do so, it is possible that your claim could be denied or your payments may be ended. If your claim was denied or if the payments stopped before your recovery was complete, you may be able to appeal the decision.
This is best accomplished with help from an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney. Remember that if you were hurt at work, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. We can help you navigate the system to get the money you are owed for your injury. Contact The Bader Law Firm for a free case evaluation today.
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.