Many companies, especially those that are smaller, ask employees to take on a variety of different tasks. You may need to wear several different hats in a workday, even if they aren’t technically part of your job description. So what happens if you get hurt at work while you are performing a task that is not part of your regular duties?
Workers’ compensation is insurance that is in place to protect employees if they get hurt on the job. While you may not have been handling your regular job functions, you are still performing work and therefore are likely covered by workers’ compensation. It may be helpful to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Report the Injury
The first thing you should do after you suffer any type of injury at work is report the incident. You may report through the normal channels such as your human resources department or directly to your supervisor. The important thing is to report the injury as soon as it happens. Your employer will usually have you fill out an internal accident report to document the injury. After you report the injury, follow up with an email or even a text message. This will provide you with written documentation that you reported the injury in a timely manner.
Seek Medical Attention
It is important to get medical attention as soon after the accident as possible. Your employer is required to provide you with a list of doctors or with the phone number to the medical organization that handles workers’ compensation claims. They will give you the name of a doctor and will make an appointment for you if necessary. Make sure that you keep copies of all your medical reports and bills. You will need this information later should you run into issues with your claim.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
You may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. You can get the forms you need online through the State of Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. It is important to know that not all claims are approved. If there are any problems with the claim or if it is denied, you may need to take further action. In cases where your claim was denied you can request a hearing to appeal the decision. It is best to seek representation from a qualified workers’ compensation attorney to assist you in resolving your workers’ compensation claim problem.
Workers’ compensation claims can sometimes be difficult and complicated. When you want to ensure that your claim is filed properly and that you will receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled, you need experienced legal help. Contact our award-winning Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at The Bader Law Firm to discuss the details of your case 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.