Georgia Worker’s Compensation Lawyers
Below is a brief outline about our firm’s legal services in the following areas of Workers’ Compensation law:
- Construction Accidents
- Psychological Injuries
- Workplace Death Claims
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits
What should I do if I am injured on the job?
Here are some steps you should take if you are injured on the job. If you believe you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits, contact Princenthal & May, LLC today for your free consultation.
Make sure your injury is IMMEDIATELY reported to your supervisor and no later than 30 days after your accident or injury. This does not mean a co-worker. This means an individual in a management position, preferably someone you report to directly.
Make sure your injury is well-documented. This means you should make sure you or your employer completes an incident report containing the details of how you were injured, the extent of your injuries, and your physical complaints. Make sure you get a copy of the incident report.
Find out if your employer has company doctors and if so, who those doctors are. Georgia law requires your employer to have a list of at least six doctors posted on the premises known as the “panel of physicians.” These six doctors and/or medical facilities are the doctors you are permitted to see when you are injured. Since employers do not always have the panel posted or have one at all, ask your human resources department or a supervisor if a panel exists. If a panel does not exist, does not have a minimum of six doctors, or is not posted on the wall, you can treat with a doctor of your choice.
Get to a doctor as soon as possible following an injury. It is imperative you get immediate medical treatment following an injury. In addition to getting a diagnosis for your injury and the treatment and medicine you need, immediately seeing a doctor gives you another opportunity to document your injury. When you see the doctor it is important to report that your injury happened at work.
Keep your employer informed of your condition, work restrictions, and medical treatment. If you are able to return to work following your injury, immediately report to your employer if your injury or condition worsens anyway. If your doctor excuses you from work or gives you work restrictions, get this in writing and give it to your employer the same day. If the doctor excuses you from work indefinitely, find out from your employer how frequently your employer wants you to call in. Comply with those requirements so you do not risk termination.
File a claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. To protect your rights, you must file a claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation within one year from the date of your accident. This will ensure your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, if they are insured, is made aware of your accident. While the law does recognize some exceptions to the one year statute of limitations for filing a claim, the exceptions are limited.
If you believe you have a workers’ compensation claim, contact us at the law office of Princenthal & May, LLC at 678-534-1980.