Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you have the right to receive worker’s compensation.
Workers' compensation benefits can cover lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation from an injury incurred on the job. If you have a severe injury, you may be unable to work for a significant amount of time, and you and your family may depend on these benefits until you have recovered.
Georgia Workers' Compensation Benefits When You Cannot Return to Work
In the case of a severe injury that does not allow you to work again, workers’ comp benefits may offset some of your financial hardship. In a case where you cannot return to work for a long time or at all, you want to ensure that you get the most compensation possible to offset your costs and support yourself and your family.
Unfortunately, the process for filing your workers' compensation claim can be confusing. Victims who attempt to file their claims without assistance may miss out on benefits, and their claims may even be denied entirely. We strongly recommend consulting an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer before filing your claim. It may make the difference between your claim being allowed or denied.
What to do if You Think You Have a Workers' Compensation Case in Georgia
If you’ve been injured on the job in Georgia, you should first seek medical attention and let your doctor know that your injury is work-related. Waiting too long to get medical care may weaken your claim.
Then, as soon as possible, you should notify your employer of your injury and its severity in writing. You only have 30 days to let your employer know about your injury or your claim may be denied.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations on Atlanta Workers' Compensation Cases
You will have one year from the date of your injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you have received treatments for your injury, paid for by your employer, you have one year from the date of your last treatment to file a claim for further benefits. At times, a worker will receive weekly income benefits for a work-related disability. You have one year from the date of your last treatment or two years from the receipt of your last wage benefits to file your claim.
Knowing how to properly file your claim and ensuring it is done in a timely manner are key elements to establishing your case. Claims can be denied for a variety of reasons, and insurance companies often disallow claims for late filing or what they consider to be inadequate information.
Get Expert Help Filing Your Workers' Compensation Claim in Georgia
At McAleer Law, we may be able to successfully defend a claim that was denied, but we can almost always do more for you if you partner with us from the beginning of your case. If you believe you may have a workers' compensation claim, call us today at 404-622-5337. Consultations are always free, and we will be happy to help you better understand your case and your rights.