1. Not Providing Your Employer Notice of Your Injury
When you are injured on the job you are required to provide notice to your employer. This is the most important thing in initiating a Georgia workers compensation claim. If you employer does not know you were injured you will have no rights to receive medical treatment under workers compensation.
You should provide written notice of your injury and should deliver it up the chain of command if your supervisor or boss is ignoring you.
2. Not Requesting Medical Care
If you are injured on the job, you should seek medical attention to rule out a serious injury. If you decide not to seek medical care for the injury, you are also deciding not to pursue a claim.
A good rule of thumb is to request an examination by a doctor if your pain does not subside after a couple of days. Typically, the employer will have what is called a posted panel of physicians or a list of doctors. If you cannot find this list you should ask your employer. If they say they do not have one, then you should go to your own medical doctor.
3. Injured Not Doing Your Job
In Georgia, you may not be entitled to workers compensation benefits if you are not injured doing what you were hired to do, or not “injured in the course and scope of your employment.” This means if you were hired to separate widgets and you hurt yourself lifting a tub of cleaner then you may not be working in the course and scope of your employment.
Other examples include horseplay or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury, which can also have a serious effect on your Georgia workers compensation claim.
There are many exceptions to this rule and if you have specific examples or questions you should contact a Georgia workers compensation attorney to address your specific questions.
To learn more, check out Ty’s article, 3 Reasons Why Your Workers Compensation Claim May Be Denied.
Ty Wilson is a workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 912-508-4711 or 770-948-5454 to order his free report, Common Myths Associated with Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims. This report is intended to give you and/or your loved one a basic understanding of what you are entitled to under workers’ compensation and more importantly what you are not entitled to in your Georgia workers’ compensation claim.