If you are hurt on the job in Georgia, you have the right to pursue a workers compensation claim for injuries. You have the right to receive medical treatment free of charge as well as benefits to compensate you for lost wages. It can be difficult to pursue a claim on your own, so if you have been seriously hurt on the job, you should call an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney immediately to make sure your rights are preserved.
Here are some common terms you will come across during your claim.
In a workers’ compensation claim, the claimant is the injured party who files the claim for benefits.
Independent Medical Examination
During the course of your workers’ compensation claim, it is not uncommon to be asked to submit to an independent medical examination. This is an examination performed by a doctor who has not previously treated the injured worker, for the purpose of determining the extent of an injury or if the injury has caused any permanent disability.
Notice of Injury
If you are injured on the job, you must provide notification to your employer within 30 days. If you do not do so, you may not be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. However, even though you have 30 days, you should report the injury as soon as possible, preferably right after the injury occurs.
Notice of Workers Compensation Denial
Unfortunately, a workers’ compensation denial may be received by an injured worker for one of several reasons, including lack of medical treatment or documentation, a previous existing condition, or even an improperly filed claim. However, you can fight a workers’ compensation denial, and you should call an attorney right away if you have received one.
Panel of Doctors
When you are injured on the job, you have the right to obtain medical treatment free of charge. However, you must seek treatment from an approved physician, and you can choose your medical provider from an approved panel of doctors provided by the employer.
Permanent Partial Disability
Permanent partial disability benefits payments, or PPD benefits, are paid to provide compensation for a permanent injury sustained on the job. These payments are usually paid for a specified number of weeks, or sometimes as one lump sum toward the end of the claim.
Reinstatement of Benefits
If you have stopped medical treatment and have returned to work but you are still suffering from your work related injury, it may be possible for workers compensation benefits to be reinstated provided certain deadlines have not lapsed.
Temporary Total Disability
Otherwise known as TTD benefits, these weekly payments are paid to disabled workers who are not able to work according to an authorized treating physician.
Temporary Partial Disability
A worker who eventually returns to light duty work, but is paid a lower rate due to the disability he or she sustained on the job, can receive temporary partial disability benefits, or TPD benefits. These payments help make up the difference between what the worker was earning before the injury, and the smaller amount earned now.
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.