Things to know about filing a workers’ compensation claim
If you are injured on the job or become ill because of exposure to hazards on the job, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. In Georgia, a company that has at least three employees must have workers’ compensation insurance, even if those workers are just part-time employees.
There are a number of guidelines that you must follow in order to ensure that you are able to receive your benefits. For example, you need to report your accident to your employer within 30 days. It is best to make the report as soon as you are able to.
Depending on the type of injury you have suffered and its severity, you may be eligible for various types of benefits. There are temporary benefits for partial and total disability as well as permanent benefits. There is also a death benefit for dependents if an employee dies on the job. Even if you do not suffer a disability, you may still be eligible for medical benefits.
You should try to be thorough and prompt in reviewing any paperwork associated with making your claim. Good communication with both the claims adjuster and your employer can help ensure that the workers’ compensation process moves along in a timely fashion. You should also follow the medical advice of your doctor.
Compensation can be vital for you and your family following an injury, especially if you are unable to work for a period of time. You might want to contact an attorney for assistance in preparing your claim and for help with any questions you have throughout the process. An attorney might also be helpful if your claim is denied.