Atlanta Workers Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I received an injury at work. What should I do?
A. Once you sustain an injury at work, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. You have to prevent the injury from further development and take care of the wounds if there are any. In case of a chemical exposure or a serious injury, you may require a surgery or other severe treatments. Don’t wait to act, as your life may be in danger.
Q. Do I have a certain time to report the injury?
A. Every state has different rules and regulations concerning the workers compensation and the time you have to report the injury. In Georgia, you have 30 days from the day you received an injury to report it to your employer. Failure to do so will close your options of receiving financial benefits. If you are unable to leave the hospital, someone else should do it for you and ask for an extension. In certain situations, the time period can be extended. Speak to a knowledgeable attorney to learn more about workers compensation and time given to report the injury.
Q. How do I file for workers’ compensation claim?
A. To start with, report the injury to your superior or your employer. Let them know how the injury occurred and what caused the accident in the first place. If there are any eyewitnesses, call them to testify in your case. Afterwards, your employer will file for your workers’ compensation claim. He will use the information you provided to file a claim, so make sure to be as concise and accurate as possible. Don’t forget to mention everything that may be case-related and that may help you in securing your financial benefits.
Q. Why should I hire an attorney?
A. Many people make a mistake of not hiring an attorney. Most of them are denied they financial benefits are end up with nothing. To avoid this happening to you, speak to a knowledgeable attorney from Atlanta Workers Compensation Attorneys and receive legal guidance and counseling. Schedule an initial consultation, completely free of charge and learn everything about worker’s compensation program and other state issued programs which may benefit you. All of our attorneys work on contingency, so you won’t be charged anything until your case is solved in your favor and you receive your financial benefits. With this in mind, feel free to reach out to a legal representative.
Q. What happens if my work comp claim is denied / delayed?
A. If your initial claim is denied or delayed, only an attorney with experience and proper skills can help you get your claim on track. Filing an appeal requires an attorney, so you have to hire one if this happens to you. Initially, if your hire an attorney from the start, you will avoid getting your initial work comp claim denied or delayed in the first place.
An attorney will advocate you, and negotiate the settlement with the insurance company, ensuring that you receive all that you are eligible to receive. They won’t settle for less than you deserve. With their help, you are one step closer to receiving your financial benefits. The insurance company won’t be able to play any tricks on you nor intimidate you.
Q. What types of injuries are covered by workers compensation?
A. Several different injuries are covered by workers’ compensation:
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Neck and shoulder injury
- Back and spine injury
- Arm and wrist injury
- Leg and knee injury
- Foot or ankle injury
- Burn injury
- Exposure to chemicals and toxins
- Exposure to radiation
- Construction injuries
- Hearing loss
- Loss of eyesight
- Limb loss
- Emotional injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome