If you are hurt while on the clock, you should know that you are entitled to compensation for physical disabilities related to the injury, lost wages and other complications. This coverage is subject to several conditions outlined in the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation guidelines.
If you are injured while performing your assigned tasks safely, you may make a claim for compensation and medical costs associated with the injury. To secure your claim, it is important to follow the proper procedure. The first step is to report the injury to your employer. You will also need to be evaluated by a pre-selected physician. If you require urgent medical care, you have the right to be evaluated at an emergency room during the initial accident.
Illness is also covered conditionally. If you are exposed to environmental hazards or irritants that can cause adverse health effects in human beings, you are entitled coverage under your workplace’s workers’ compensation insurance. Not covered are illnesses that can be contracted by the public at large, even if the condition originates in the workplace.
As with a physical injury, it is critical to report the onset of a condition to your employer, seek medical evaluation, and have the illness documented. This documentation will be useful evidence in the event of later disputes.
It is important to note that several circumstances can disqualify you for workers’ compensation coverage. Unsafe or willfully negligent behavior on the workplace is one reason a claim may be denied. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also jeopardize your right to coverage.
Should your coverage be called into question, the best course of action is to contact a qualified workers’ comp attorney, while continuing to comply with the conditions and requirements set 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.