Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, including the workplace. If you are injured while performing your job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits under Georgia law.
What Is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. In Georgia, employers with three or more employees are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to their employees.
Workers' compensation benefits cover:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages, and
- Disability benefits for injured employees
Benefits also extend to the dependents of employees who die due to a work-related injury or illness.
Your Next Steps & Options After a Workplace Injury
If you are injured at work, the first thing you should do is report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. This report should be made in writing and include the details of the accident or injury. Failure to report your injury within 30 days may result in your claim being denied.
Your employer is required to provide you with a list of approved physicians to treat your work-related injury or illness. You may choose a physician from this list to treat you. If you are not satisfied with the care provided by the first physician, you may choose another physician from the list.
Filing & Appealing Workers' Compensation Claims
Once you have received medical treatment, you should file a workers' compensation claim. The claim should include all medical bills, records of lost wages, and any other documents that support your claim.
It is important to note that Georgia workers' compensation benefits are not automatic. Employers and their insurance companies may deny or dispute your claim. If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision and present your case before a judge.
If you are injured at work, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, someone who can help ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to under Georgia law. They can also provide you with guidance throughout the entire process and help you navigate any legal issues that may arise.
Professional Legal Help Is Invaluable in Workers' Compensation Cases
At Mayfield Law, LLC, we offer a free case evaluation to injured workers. We understand that each case is unique and requires tailored solutions, and we believe that every injured worker deserves the best possible legal representation. That is why we work directly with our clients to provide honest, transparent counsel and personalized attention. Call (912) 455-2045 today to speak with one of our Brunswick workers' compensation lawyers.