As explained by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, the overwhelming majority of employers in our state are required to provide “no-fault” workers’ comp coverage benefits to their employees. You are not required to prove negligence on the part of your employer to get workers’ comp benefits. That being said, workers’ comp will not be automatically approved. There are some key mistakes you need to avoid. Here, our Georgia workers’ compensation attorney highlights four of the most common mistakes that you should avoid after a job-related accident.
- Not Seeking Immediate Medical Attention
Medical needs take the top priority. One of the first—and, unfortunately, most common—mistakes that injured workers make is neglecting to get medical care. You have a right to see a doctor right away after a work-related injury. Not getting the proper medical treatment not only poses a risk to your health, it can also jeopardize your worker’s comp claim. Do not delay: See a physician as soon as possible after a work accident in Georgia.
- Failing to Report Your Injury to Your Employer
You need to report your accident to your employer. Georgia law requires injured workers to notify their employer of a work injury in a timely manner. Failing to do so can result in your claim being denied. When reporting, ensure you provide detailed information about how the injury occurred, the date, and any witnesses. Your initial report starts the process rolling on your claim.
- Waiting Too Long to File for Workers’ Comp Benefits
Please be aware: Notifying your employer of a work injury is not the same thing as filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Time is of the essence when it comes to filing for workers’ comp. Waiting too long can mean missing out on the benefits you are entitled to under the law. There is a one-year statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims. There is no reason to delay getting started with your workers’ compensation claim.
- Assuming a Denial is the End of the Road (Appeal Rights)
There are few things more frustrating than getting a workers’ compensation denial letter. Many workers become disheartened when their initial claim is denied. A big mistake that you need to avoid is assuming that an initial denial of your benefits is the end of the road. In Georgia, you have the right to appeal a workers’ compensation denial. Be proactive: Consult with an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation appeals lawyer right away after getting a denial letter. Your lawyer will review your case and help you build the strongest possible appeal.
Contact Our Georgia Workers’ Comp Lawyer for Immediate Help
At the Jewkes Law Firm, LLC, our Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers are experienced advocates for clients. If you have any questions about your rights, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. With legal offices in Tyrone and Griffin, we represent injured workers throughout the region, including in Fayette County and Spalding County.