Filing a Claim in Atlanta
When you suffer a workplace injury in Georgia, there are several steps that must be taken in order to ensure that you can obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
These steps include the following:
- Inform your employers that you suffered a workplace injury. You must let your employer know as soon as possible that you have been hurt at work. A delay in informing your employer could result in your employer denying that the injury actually occurred as a result of your job. A delay that exceeds the statute of limitations (the time limit set by Georgia’s workers’ compensation law) could also result in your claim being time-barred. This would mean you could not bring your claim at all.
- Get medical help. Getting medical help right away after a workplace injury is essential. The doctor can provide you with life-saving medical care or with assistance to prevent the injury from becoming worse. Your doctor can also document the injuries, including the cause and extent of the harm you suffered. This information can be invaluable in the event that your employer denies the extent of your injuries or if your employer denies that you were hurt on the job. Under Georgia law, you must get your medical treatment from a doctor authorized by your employer, so be sure to heed the requirements regarding which doctors you can see for ongoing care and treatment so you do not jeopardize your claim for benefits.
- Provide notification to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Form WC-14 must be submitted to your employer and to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. This notification must be provided to your employer and the workers’ compensation board within one year of the date you were injured, within one year of the last remedial medical treatment provided by the employer or within two years from the time when your employer last paid weekly income benefits to you.
Once you have provided notification, the employer’s insurance company should review your claim, and, ideally, your claim will be approved in a timely manner. If you do not hear back from your employer on whether your claim is approved, or if you receive a denial of your claim, then you should contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible to get assistance if you have not already done so.
Workers’ compensation is usually the only way to obtain compensation from an employer after a workplace accident. Injured workers are generally not allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit as victims are in other types of personal injury cases. This means that if your claim is denied and you do not appeal, or if you miss the deadlines, you might not be able to get the money you need to pay your medical bills and to cover your lost wages after a workplace injury. Do not take this chance. Get legal help so you have an advocate working for you as soon as possible after your accident.
An Atlanta workplace injury lawyer at Parsons & Associates, P.C., can help you navigate the workers’ comp system every step of the way, from making an initial claim, to appealing a denial of benefits, to disputing an award amount, to fighting an order to return to work too soon.
To learn more about how we can assist you after you’ve suffered an injury at work, contact us now at (770) 422-9000, or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential claim review. We return calls within 24 hours from our offices in Atlanta and Savannah.