If you were hurt on the job, you are eligible to receive medical care at no cost under Georgia’s workers comp laws, as well as compensation for lost wages and any permanent physical disabilities you sustained as a result of your injury. You must be sure you closely follow the rules for a successful workers compensation claim to ensure that you do not jeopardize your claim.
The first thing you must do is report your injury to your employer. If you are seriously hurt, your emergency care will be covered by workers comp. If you are not hurt badly enough to go to the emergency room, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Your employer may have a posted panel of physicians, which is a list of approved doctors who can treat you for your injury.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If your doctor takes you off of work, don’t try to go back to work until you are healed. Sometimes doctors will assign light duty work, and your employer can find a less physically demanding job for you to do. Alternately, if your doctor clears you to go back to work, you need to go back. Do not miss any more work than necessary.
Generally speaking as long as you were working safely while your injury occurred, you should be covered by workers comp. However, if your injury was caused by your own negligent or unsafe actions, or you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you got hurt, it is likely that your claim will be denied.
Georgia’s workers comp laws are complicated, and it can be extremely difficult to handle your workers comp claim on your own. By hiring an experienced lawyer to handle your work injury claim, you will ensure that you get the most out of your claim.
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.