The Settlement Process in Georgia
Navigate Workers’ Compensation 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
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.
Call my firm today at
(404) 800-1181 to speak directly to an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney who
will help you through the settlement process from start to finish.
What Is a Workers’ Compensation Settlement?
A settlement is the total amount of compensation you receive as a result
of your workers’ compensation 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. Workers’ compensation may also cover a portion of your lost
wages if you miss work as a result of your injury.
Steps of the Settlement Process
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. If you file
a claim that ultimately gets denied, an attorney can also help you craft
an appeal that will be successful.