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. However, you 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 are protected. Call Chestnut & Beller today at (770) 285-5542 to request a free case evaluation.