Understanding The Workers’ Compensation Claim Process
If you are injured on the job, there are specific steps you need to take to obtain benefits from workers’ compensation. At Tillman & Associates in Georgia, our lawyers are here to answer your questions about those steps. It is wise to speak with our attorneys as soon as possible so we can communicate with your employer and the workers’ compensation insurer on your behalf.
Steps In Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim
You may be tempted to file your initial claim for workers’ compensation yourself. However, if you have suffered a serious injury, it is important to remember that this initial filing is the foundation for the rest of your case. Any mistakes, however small, could have a lasting impact on your case and your ability to secure compensation. The best way to avoid costly mistakes is to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney file your claim. If you’ve been involved in an accident, here is what you should do:
- Notify your employer as soon as the injury happens. The state gives you one year from the date of the accident to officially report it. That being said, time is of the essence. It is easier to gather necessary evidence to support our claim sooner rather than later.
- See an approved workers’ compensation doctor to determine the extent of your injury or illness. A list of approved doctors should be posted in a prominent place at your worksite, such as an employee break room. In an emergency, to the nearest medical facility.
- Speak with a member of our team who can help you file a Georgia workers’ compensation claim form (WC-14).
After the proper forms have been submitted, your employer’s insurance company will start paying your benefits. Typically, a check will be mailed to your home within 21 days after the first day you missed work. How long you receive benefits is entirely based on the specifics of your circumstances. For some, it could be a few months. Legally, however, you could receive payment up to 400 weeks if it you are not dealing with a lifelong injury. We can file your claim to improve your chances of success.
Get Us Involved Before Speaking With The Insurance Company
Your employer and its insurance provider may appear to be on your side, but it is important to remember that their interests are not the same as yours. If you retain our firm promptly after your injury, we can handle communications with the insurer on your behalf. This allows us to protect your rights while minimizing your stress.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
The initial presentation of your case is important and it is vital to take the correct approach. Call our office in Atlanta, Georgia, at 877-849-5895 or contact us online to take the first step in pursuing full and fair compensation. Our lawyers have helped hundreds of injured workers all over Georgia pursue full and fair workers’ compensation benefits at every stage of the process, from the initial filing to the final award of benefits.