Workers’ compensation is designed to help injured employees receive
the treatment they need while also protecting their employers from lawsuits
against them. Yet, despite this program’s intended protective nature,
worker’s compensation cases are full of hoops to jump through in
order to make sure your injuries are properly attended to and you receive
the benefits you need. Even a simple mistake could cause a major delay
in your receiving the benefits you need or even result in your claim being
denied, setting you back even further.
Want to avoid these extra roadblocks along the way? A successful claim
starts with the filing process, where many people make simple and avoidable
errors that cost them significantly in the long run. Here are three of
the most common filing mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Filing Too Late
Believe it or not, many people choose to put off filing a workers’
compensation claim, often because they’re unsure of just how badly
they’ve been hurt. As a result, time passes, their condition doesn’t
substantially improve, and by the time they choose to go see a doctor
the “statute of limitations” has passed. In Georgia, you must
file your claim within one year of the date of your injury, so you should
notify your employer and start the process right away.
Not Getting Medical Treatment
It’s important to have a doctor examine you as soon as possible after
you’ve been injured on the job. If you don’t, your employer
will likely try to argue that your condition was caused by an outside
source and that you’re simply trying to blame it on a work-related
incident. This can lead to a lot of delays and make it substantially harder
to get the benefits you need. If you’ve been hurt, you’ll
want to start building a list of treatments and history of condition to
support your claims throughout the process.
Not Seeing a Doctor Listed on Your Employer’s Panel of Physicians
In Georgia, your employer is required to provide you with a list of at
least six physicians or professional care associations, known as a “panel
of physicians.” This should be posted in an area that’s easily
accessible (such as in the employee break room) and they are forbidden
from restricting which listed physician on the panel you choose to see.
must see a doctor on this panel in order for your claim to be accepted.
You should also consult with a Cobb County workers’ compensation
attorney about your case as soon as possible to make sure your rights
Call Chestnut & Beller today at (770) 285-5542 to request a free case evaluation.