Top Five Georgia Workers' Compensation Tips
1. Report Any Job Injuries Immediately
If you are injured at work, you should immediately report the injury to
your supervisor. You should provide your supervisor as much detail as
possible about the work injury and pain you are experiencing. Failure
to report a workers' compensation injury in a timely fashion could
result in the claim being denied.
2. Request Medical Attention
If you are injured at work, it is important that you be seen by a physician
as soon as possible. Even if you feel your symptoms might eventually resolve,
it is best to allow a medical professional to examine you to confirm you
are not severely injured. If there is any doubt as to whether you need
to see a doctor, you probably should.
3. Provide an Accurate History of the Injury to Your Doctor
When you are examined by any physician following a work injury, be sure
to give the doctor an accurate history of any and all work injuries. Make
sure to tell the doctor when you were injured, where you were injured,
and where you are experiencing pain. It is also extremely important to
give the doctor any information about past injuries and accidents.
4. The Insurance Company Does Not Have the Final Word
The workers' compensation insurance company might tell you they are
denying your claim or denying your right to certain treatment or testing.
They do not have the final say in these matters. If the workers' compensation
carrier denies all or part of your claim, you have the right to request
a hearing in front of a Judge. Ultimately, the Judge will make a determination
as to whether the insurance company correctly denied the claim.
5. Contact an Attorney
If you have any questions about whether your insurance company is complying
with the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act, you should contact an
attorney. Injured workers sometimes believe they should not contact an
attorney because it is a disservice to their company. You can rest assured
that employers have attorneys to protect their rights. You should have
an advocate in your corner as well to ensure that the workers' compensation
carrier is complying with the law.
If you would like a free consultation regarding your claim, contact Brian
H. Sumrall at