Workplace Injuries: Things to Consider if You Are Injured at Work

An injury at work has the potential to become a lengthy and complicated headache. An employee who is hurt due to an accident on the job will suddenly be dealing with company management, human resource representatives, doctors and insurance companies. If this happens, it becomes a major stress point of the employee’s workplace and life.

Workers’ Compensation laws are designed to protect us, should an accident or injury occur while on the clock. The law requires any business with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation insurance.

One thing to always remember: insurance companies are in the business of making money, which means it may turn into quite a hassle trying to get fair treatment after a workplace injury. The attorneys at Nicholson, Silverbach & Watson have years of experience dealing with workers’ compensation law and the insurance companies that are involved in claims.

  • Any injury, no matter the severity, could result in a claim.

  • You may receive ongoing disability benefits depending on the extent of the injury.

  • If a death occurs, benefits will be extended to a spouse and/or dependents.

  • Employers are required to post a list with a minimum of six physicians you may choose to see for follow-up care.

It’s important that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to from your employer’s workers’ compensation program. We recommend you contact one of our attorneys to discuss your injury case and ensure you are treated fairly.

If you are hurt on the job, there are a few important things you should keep in mind:

  • Georgia law requires that an injury be reported to your employer within 30 days. It’s a good idea to report the injury to your immediate manager as soon as possible.

  • Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. If you feel like you need to go to the emergency room, you should go.

  • Document as many details about the accident and injury as possible when you are able to do so.

  • If an employer was negligent or there were unsafe working conditions, an employee may be entitled additional compensation under the law.

Workers’ compensation laws in Georgia are designed to do much more than just cover an initial medical bill. That may be what the insurance company offers you, but you legally may be entitled to much more. Recovery from an injury isn’t something that always happens within a few days. It may take time, which may mean hours away from work along with multiple medical appointments. Benefits from the insurance company may include:

  • Transportation costs to and from medical appointments

  • A portion of your weekly salary if you are unable to work

  • Rehabilitation, prescriptions and potential vocational training are eligible under the law

  • You may request a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation

  • Recouping lost wages

If you or someone close to you is injured at work, it’s critical that you contact an attorney before seeking medical attention unless an immediate trip to the emergency room is required. There are long-term ramifications that could dramatically affect your future ability to work, your wages, and your quality of life. The attorneys at Nicholson, Silverbach & Watson should be your first call to make sure you are treated fairly.

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