Georgia Workers' Compensation Claims
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
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Georgia workers' compensation claims should be filed if a worker has been injured because of their job, or has contracted or developed an illness related to the nature of the work or the conditions which they are exposed to at work. Georgia law mandates that all employers carry workers' compensation insurance. Most employees, if injured while on the job, are entitled to file a Georgia workers' compensation claim. Claims can also be filed by the relatives of an employee if he dies because of the work-related illness or injury he suffers. If you believe you have a claim for workers' compensation in Georgia, you should submit your claim within a specified time period to the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation.
Process for Georgia Workers' Compensation Claims
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, or have become ill because of conditions at your workplace, your first step should be to inform your employer of your injury or illness. Failing to notify your employer can lead to your losing the chance to file a Georgia workers' compensation claim for benefits, or at a minimum having your benefits delayed. You should also immediately seek medical attention for your injury or illness and tell the doctor treating you that you are seeking medical care because of an injury or sickness that resulted from your job. Doing so can prove instrumental later in the process if there is a dispute over the cause of your injury or illness.
After you have notified your employer and sought treatment for your injury or illness, your next step is to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits with the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation (SBWC). Be sure to file the proper form (a WC-14 Form for Notice of Claim) and do so within one year, which is the applicable statute of limitations for a workers' compensation claim in Georgia. If you do not file within this time period, you may lose your right to receive medical benefits, lost wages, and/or compensation for permanent disability.
Finally, you should be sure to seek the advice of a Georgia workers' compensation lawyer if your claim has been disputed or denied, or if you require any additional assistance with your workers' compensation claim.
Reasons to Hire a Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney
An experienced Georgia workers' compensation lawyer can help you formulate a strategy for your workers' compensation case so that you can rest easy knowing your claim is in good hands. Workers' compensation claims may become complicated if your employer lacks the proper insurance or is simply uncooperative throughout the process, and a Georgia workers' compensation attorney can be of great assistance in unraveling a complicated case and getting you the benefits you need to get on with your life.
A Georgia workers' compensation lawyer can help protect your rights and benefits, as well as structure your claim to include multiple defendants if necessary. Finally, an attorney will provide you with valuable information about your compensation options and the length of time that may be involved in your recovery.