How And When You Report Your Injury Makes A Difference
Success and failure in life often come down to following protocol, and this is especially true in matters of workers’ compensation. Correctly reporting your accident is just the first of many procedural requirements that will likely be scrutinized by your employer’s insurance provider. What you do or fail to do now could have an impact on your claim.
At The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, I guide injured workers through the claims and appeals processes, ensuring that all requirements are met and that workers’ rights are protected. Keep reading to learn how you can protect your ability to file a claim after getting injured.
Report Your Injury As Soon As Possible And In Writing
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act requires that you report your injury to your employer (or supervisor) within 30 days. In most cases, however, you should do it as soon as possible. You wouldn’t want to give your employer any reason to suspect that you were withholding information or that the injury wasn’t suffered at work.
If you initially report your injury verbally, it is a good idea to follow up with a report in writing in the near future (after you have received emergency medical treatment, if such treatment is necessary). Save a copy of your written report for your records.
Ways To Protect Yourself And Your Claim
Work within employer guidelines, when possible. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need medical treatment immediately. In such cases, it is appropriate to go to the nearest emergency room. If your health and safety allows, however, you may want to ask your employer for a list of approved treatment providers and choose your provider from that list.
Comply with medical requirements. It is common for post-injury medical examinations to include drug tests. If possible, take the test. Don’t give your employer a reason to deny your claim.
Get records in writing and save copies for yourself. Any time that a company is asked to pay out money, it will necessarily involve a paper trail. You should have access to those same papers to ensure that everything is documented and communicated correctly. Ask for copies of medical records, witness statements and other documents that could be important to your claim.
Don’t give more information than you are required to give until you talk to an attorney. In theory, employers are supposed to cover workers’ compensation claims regardless of how the accident happened. They are also prohibited from retaliating against you for reporting a workplace injury. Unfortunately, many employers violate both the spirit and the letter of the law.
You need to report your injury right away, but you may want to avoid giving any official statements or answering any questions until you’ve had time to talk to a lawyer. It is the best way to safeguard your rights and options.
Contact A Tucker Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Don’t leave your claim up to chance or the generosity of your employer. An experienced attorney can advocate for you, protect your rights and ensure that your claim is thorough and complete.
Located in Tucker, The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, serves clients throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call me at 404-692-6403, or send me an email.