If you have suffered an injury while on the job in the state of Georgia, you may be able to pursue certain workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance purchased by your employer that will pay the medical bills resulting from your injury and compensate you for the income you lost while you were recovering. Workers’ compensation benefits are paid in lieu of filing a lawsuit against your employer.
Steps to File a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim
To get your Georgia workers’ compensation benefits in a timely manner, it is important that you go through the proper steps when filing a workers’ compensation claim:
- Step One: Notify your employer of the injury. This not only tells your employer of your injury, it notifies them of a possible workplace hazard that needs to be fixed before a co-worker gets injured. If your injury requires emergency treatment, then inform your employer who will give you an employee injury claim form to complete.
- Step Two: Get an independent medical evaluation. It is important to get a diagnosis from a doctor that is not associated with your employer or their insurance company. The insurance company’s doctor may try to downplay the extent of your injuries to reduce the amount of compensation they will have to pay you.
- Step Three: File a workers’ compensation claim. This is done by filling out a WC-14 form and filing it with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Your Georgia workers’ comp attorney can help you complete this form.
- Step Four: Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney experienced in this field will ensure that you get the settlement you deserve, not just what your employer’s insurance company wants to pay you. Remember, never agree to or sign any settlement offer without first consulting an attorney.
Farah & Farah has years of experienced representing injured workers. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.