When you’re hurt at work in Savannah, it is a serious matter – from the physical handicaps related to your injury, to lost pay and difficulties returning to work. All this being said, it is certainly crucial to understand whether your injury is covered under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation guidelines.
Following is a brief review of what is considered relevant when making a workers’ compensation claim:
If you are wounded while “on the clock” as you are conducting your work safely, you are entitled to compensation and medical aid. Your very first step should be to report the injury to your employer. In addition, a pre-elected workers’ compensation doctor must evaluate you. If you require urgent medical care, you may be seen at an emergency room during the initial incident. A designated workers’ compensation doctor must see you thereafter.
As with a physical injury, it is vital to report the onset of an illness to your employer, to seek proper medical attention, and to have the illness documented. This documentation may be of use in the event of disputes at a future date.
It is important to note that several circumstances can affect your eligibility for workers’ compensation claims. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can certainly jeopardize your claim. Also, a worker is not entitled to workers’ compensation for activities which were not assigned, or which take place during lunch or breaks.
If coverage is in question, the best course of action is to contact qualified counsel, while continuing to comply with the conditions and guidelines outlined by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.