If you get injured at work in the state of Georgia, you have the right to protect your interests by reporting work accidents and filing a worker’s compensation claim without any negative repercussions. In fact, not reporting an accident can hurt your chances of obtaining worker’s compensation benefits if you need to take time to recover and want to request paid time off or help with your medical bills. If you don’t file an accident report, your employer and their insurance can deny your worker’s compensation claim. At Rohan Law, we have helped workers report work accidents, obtain worker’s compensation benefits and get the time and medical care they need to recover as much as possible. All you have to do is call us as soon as possible after your injury, and we will take care of everything for you. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about: your rights, reporting an accident, filing a claim, and obtaining benefits.
The first step you need to take to obtain worker’s compensation benefits is to file a report detailing your accident. You should report the accident to your immediate supervisor as soon as it happens. Collect as much evidence of the accident as possible for documentation purposes and include that in your report. Examples of evidence are taking pictures of the scene of the accident and obtaining eyewitness reports. Report the incident in writing and make sure to attach as much evidence as possible. For more detailed strategies to report and document an accident to your supervisor you can download our FREE detailed guide with 5 steps to take after a work injury.
It is quite possible that your employer may be disappointed to receive your accident report and may even minimize, dismiss or deny your report altogether but do not let this discourage you. Unfortunately, having rights as a worker do not guarantee that your employer will respect them. More often than not, you will need an attorney to help you ensure that your rights are respected in cases where you are injured at work, especially if your employer is not responsive. At Rohan Law, we advise our clients not to be afraid to file a workers comp claim or attempt to tough out the injury out of fear of losing their job because once we get involved, we can protect them from negative repercussions like this. There are laws that protect workers from being fired because they are hurt, and if you have an attorney, your employer will be less likely to violate your rights.
When you are hurt at work, time is of the essence. You need to address your injuries and heal as soon as possible to avoid more permanent damage to your health and long-term repercussions. For example, if left untreated, your injuries could worsen over time and significantly affect your job performance. Your employer may then have reasons to give you a poor evaluation and demote or terminate you altogether as an indirect result of your injuries.
There is also an increased likelihood that your claim will be denied if you let too much time pass between the date of your incident and the date that you report it. Legally you have up to 30 days to report an injury, BUT we do not recommend waiting more than 7 days max because the more time passes, the more your employer and their insurer can argue that your injuries were sustained somewhere else. At Rohan Law, we recommend reporting your accident to your supervisor, with evidence, and in writing, immediately after the accident, within the same day. We also recommend that you call us as soon as your injury happens so we can help you with the process right away.
As soon as you report your accident at work, the insurance company will have 21 days to accept or deny the claim based on the worker’s compensation act. In our experience, employees who do not have an attorney representing them through these steps are less likely to get what they need and deserve from their claim. Starting with medical treatment. Injured workers who do not have an attorney will likely be offered medical treatment at the employer’s discretion. This is not ideal because your injuries may require extensive treatment to fully heal and an employer’s doctor may be more concerned about keeping your treatment costs low and less concerned about your actual recovery. They may tell you that you do not need treatment or that you need less treatment than what you trully need for maximum recovery. Keep this in mind and get a second medical and legal opinion.
At Rohan Law, we are privy to the tactics that insurance companies can use to provide minimal benefits or avoid compensating completely. Insurance companies will practically never offer you the maximum compensation possible without an attorney. They protect their profits by paying out as little as possible or denying workers compensation claims altogether. We can protect you from their maneuvers to ensure that your rights are respected and that you get the medical care and compensation you need to heal from your work-related injuries.
When you are hurt at work and have to take time off of work and deal with medical bills on top of your usual bills, plus a loss of income, the last thing you need is more bills to compound the situation. When you decide to work with Rohan Law, you can expect zero out-of-pocket costs for our services. We will evaluate your case and make a plan to get you as much compensation as possible for your worker’s compensation claim. Once you get paid, we will take a small percentage to cover our fees. Our clients will tell you that even after taking out any legal fees earned from the case, their compensation is usually much greater than what they could have obtained on their own.
We are here to help answer questions and welcome your call if you are hurt and need to figure out how to report your accident and manage your claim at any stage of the process. Consultations with us are completely free, and you will be under no obligation to hire us.