Like other states, Georgia has a variety of jobs that are innately hazardous to employees. For example, construction and chemical manufacturing have a high incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses. On average, these firms end up with more requests for inspections and citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Many employers try to minimize hazardous conditions by taking precautions to make the workplace as safe as possible—by teaching safety and enforcing the rules. Nonetheless, thousands of Georgia employees file claims for job-related injuries or illnesses. Some people have short-term medical issues; others have permanent damage.
Remember, no matter how simple a case may seem, exercise caution and protect your financial interests. Some worker’s compensation cases involve other legal issues, such as defective products or negligence by a party other than the employer.
Discuss the case with an experienced attorney who understands Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws and the process.
Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Georgia’s Worker’s Compensation Act requires employers to compensate workers who receive job-related injuries or illnesses – even if the employer is responsible. Benefits consist of two- thirds of your wages or salary, during the period you are unable to work. In addition, you must receive reasonable medical expenses.
At the law office of Eric J. Hertz, P.C., we provide comprehensive counsel to employees who have experienced injury in the workplace—whether the injury has just occurred or the insurance company recently denied your claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will help you recover full and fair compensation for occupational harms.
Notify Your Employer
In Georgia, the statutes of limitation give an employee 30 days to inform their employers of the occupational injury or illness. You can notify the employer later, but you must put the notice in writing and give a reason for the delayed notification.
Make copies of the claim form, notes and other documents. Even if you are not required to give a written notification, make notes on your discussion with the supervisor after you inform the person of the injury or illness.
Seek medical attention from a doctor on the employer’s posted “panel of physicians”. If your company has a list, and you do not go to a physician on that list, the employer is not responsible for paying for the treatment. However, your employer must pay for emergency treatment.
Follow Up Your Claim
Make sure your company submits the claim to the insurance company. Generally, it takes about two weeks before you receive an answer from the employer’s insurance company.
If you have not already spoken to a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney about your case, and the insurer requests you to see a second physician, or denies your claim, take immediate steps to protect your interests.
Contact Eric J. Hertz, P.C., in Atlanta, GA 30301 for a free consultation. We do not charge you a fee unless you retain our services, and we make a recovery. After you confer with our attorney, you will understand why so many Georgia employees choose us to represent their workers’ compensation cases.
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