On the Job Inquiries
5 Things to Do If You're Injured On the Job
If you are injured on the job, you have certain rights under Georgia's workers compensation laws. But, you also have certain responsibilities to ensure your workers compensation claim gets processed correctly. If you fail to follow the procedures, it could affect whether or not you are eligible to receive benefits.
If you've been injured at work, there are five important things you should do…
1. Notify Your Employer Right Away
You should report your injury immediately to your supervisor, boss, manager, etc. There is a 30-day period in which you can report the injury; however, it is best to report it immediately because if you wait it could bring into question whether the injury actually occurred on the job.
Bear in mind that your employer's responsibility does not begin until they are notified of your injury. At that time, your employer will document the injury and begin the benefits process, submitting a claim to their workers compensation insurance company and notifying Georgia's board of workers compensation.
Some claims are straightforward, with quick approval and resulting benefits paid to the employee. However, the claim can become complicated if it is disputed for any reason. Also, it could be denied outright if you do not notify your employer within the required 30-day time frame.
2. Seek Medical Attention
Your first priority after reporting your injury to your employer is to ask where they would like you to go for treatment of the injury. Most employers have an industrial clinic that they send their employees to when they are injured. Please be aware that a lot of times you will be required to have a drug test during your examination.
If the employer does not care where you go to be treated, then simply go to your local emergency room...but be sure to advise them that you were injured on the job and provide them with your employer's information.
3. Keep Careful Records
Because you'll never really know how your injury or claim will proceed, or how long it will continue, keeping written records of your experiences will likely prove to be invaluable.
Start compiling information about your injury as soon as possible, including the names of people who may have been involved or those who witnessed your injury. Record the names of medical personnel who assisted you and the facility you went to for treatment.
In addition, write down changes in your health, good or bad, and keep a record of time missed from work due to your injury. Plus, it is important to keep track of any discussions you have about your injury with insurance adjustors, human resources, etc. Also, retain all written correspondence relating to your injury.
Bottom line: documentation is a major factor toward receiving your maximum benefits, so make sure you record all the facts surrounding your injury and claim. Remember, dates are very important.
4. Contact a Workers Compensation Attorney If You Need Help
The laws and rules governing workers compensation can be very complicated. You may find yourself needing clarification about your benefit eligibility or guidance about submitting a claim. Or you may feel you are being treated unfairly or bullied, or have had a valid claim for benefits denied. A workers compensation attorney can fight for your legal rights and help get the maximum workers compensation benefits for your particular case.
When you contact a workers compensation attorney, you will be asked to tell the complete story surrounding your injury. After sharing your story and reviewing your medical findings, you and the attorney will determine the best way to proceed. If the attorney agrees to handle your case, it is important that you continue to communicate any new developments. Your attorney will do everything they can to get the maximum workers compensation for you, but the information you provide will also play a large role in a successful outcome. Contact Vic Alexander today at 404.815.1776 to get started.
5. Be Truthful
Always be completely truthful about your injury - with the doctors, with your employer, with your attorney. After all, there could be a lot of stages in your workers compensation case and you may have to recite your story multiple times along the way. Being honest about where and how you were injured will prevent any inconsistencies that could negatively affect your case. Don't omit any facts, but be careful not to embellish any facts either.