Due to the complexity of the laws surrounding Workers Compensation in Georgia, it’s very important to speak with an attorney as early as possible. Below are several helpful tips for what to do when you are injured at work.
Notify Your Employer of Your Injury
It’s very important to immediately notify your employer if you have been injured while on the job. According to Georgia’s Workers Compensation laws, you have 30 days to report the accident. Failure to do so could jeopardize your benefits.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If your injury occurred while at work, your medical treatment costs will be covered. However, you must visit an approved doctor from a list provided by your employer. One notable exception to this rule is in the case of injuries requiring emergency treatment. In those cases, you may receive temporary emergency care from any doctor.
Familiarize Yourself With Your Rights and Responsibilities
Workers Compensation laws in Georgia are notoriously complex. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities, as outlined in the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Employee Handbook.
Speak With an Attorney
In some cases, you may not be eligible for Workers Compensation. If your employer has less than three employees, for example, they may not be required to have Workers Compensation coverage. Or, if your injury came on gradually, you may find yourself having trouble getting the medical attention and benefits you deserve. Navigating the complexity surrounding workplace injuries can be burdensome.