Workers' Compensation Settlements in Georgia
Navigate Workers’ Comp Claims With Confidence
In the state of Georgia, the majority of employees are entitled to receive a settlement if they are injured either in their place of work or while performing their job duties elsewhere, according to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act (GWCA). Receiving a settlement involves the workers’ compensation claims process, which must be completed within one year of your accident.
The process usually goes one of two ways—either your employer acknowledges your accident and the insurance company agrees to pay you a fair settlement or your claim is called into question and you are forced to prove your credibility through a hearing. An attorney can help you navigate both processes, but in the second scenario legal representation is vital. At The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, I help Georgia residents who have been injured at work successfully receive the settlement they deserve.
What Is a Workers’ Compensation Settlement?
A workers' compensation settlement is the total amount of compensation you receive as a result of your claim. A fair and just settlement should cover all of your injury-related medical expenses, including hospital stays, procedures like surgeries, prescribed medications, and rehabilitation costs.
A workers' compensation settlement in Georgia may also cover a portion of your lost wages if you miss work as a result of your injury.
How to Start a Workers' Compensation Claim in Georgia
In order to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve, it is important to follow the settlement process exactly—you don’t want to give anyone cause to deny your claim, forcing you to appeal.
Here’s what you have to do to file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia:
- Report your injury to your employer in writing within 30 days of the incident
- Receive the necessary claims paperwork directly from your employer
- Fill out the paperwork and file your claim (you have one year to do so)
- Receive an approval or denial notice from the insurer
If the insurer approves your claim, you can choose to accept or deny their settlement offer. If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision.
Though hiring a lawyer isn’t a requirement, receiving legal guidance significantly increases your chances of filling out the necessary paperwork correctly and convincing the insurance company your claim is legitimate the first time around, especially if your employer is trying to discredit your claim by arguing your accident was not work-related.
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