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Were you injured while at work? Did you know you may be eligible for certain work related benefits? The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury. A good attorney can help with the legal claims and appeals associated with your work injury.
Although no one plans for them, work injuries are very common. What you were doing at the time of your injury influences your ability to get benefits. Analyze the following tips and understand how to protect yourself and co-workers when work accidents occur. Make sure that a copy of these tips are on hand for future reference.
Even if they are minor, all work related injuries should be reported immediately to a supervisor. Do not wait until later to report them. It is just a matter of filling out the employee portion of an "Employee's Claim for Worker's Compensation Benefits" form.
List the areas of your body that were injured. Complete the report, make a copy for yourself, and give it to your supervisor so that there are no delays. Ask your supervisor to complete the employer portion of the report and return a copy of it to you. According to law, your supervisor has 24 hours to complete this section and return a copy to you.
Tell your supervisor at once if you need medical attention. If you were previously required to complete a Personal Physician Pre-Designation form by your employer, make sure that you make an appointment with the designated physician immediately. If you never completed this form, ask your employer to send you to a doctor ASAP.
Tell the physician exactly how you were injured. Show him which parts of your body were injured.
Go to all of your scheduled medical appointments. Also, make copies of all physician provided notes and slips. This includes documentation such as paperwork that excuses you from going back to work until a certain time.
Also, keep track of all paperwork that your employer or insurance company gives you about your work related accident. Make sure that you keep the following:
Don't forget to write down the details of your work injury. You might be able to file a civil claim as well as a workers' compensation claim. Your attorney can use these details to determine if there is enough information to file a civil lawsuit.
Never attempt to file a fraudulent workers' compensation claim. There is no need to make this type of claim if there wasn't a work related accident. Make sure that you provide true statements when describing your work injury. Keep in mind that filing a fraudulent workers' compensation claim in Georgia is a felony.
As soon as possible, hire a top personal injury attorney who specializes in filing workers' compensation claims and appeals. Allow them to review the written details of your job accident.
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