Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you have the right to receive worker’s compensation. You can receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation. You and your family may have to depend on these benefits until you have recovered.
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. We strongly recommend you consult an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer before filing your claim. It may make the difference between your claim being allowed or denied.
If you’ve been injured on the job, the first step you should take is to notify your employer about 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. Secondly, you should see a medical doctor as soon as possible, and let the doctor know that your injury is work-related. Waiting a long period to get medical care may weaken your claim.
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 in which 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 last wage benefits in order 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 commonly disallow claims for late filing or what they consider to be inadequate information. McAleer Law may be able to successfully defend a claim that was denied, but it is a smarter and stronger strategy to work with you early in the process, to ensure that your claim is filed correctly in the first place.