Starting the Workers’ Compensation Process
If you’ve been injured at work or are suffering from a work-related illness, you may qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits. There are specific procedures that you must go through in order to be considered for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
The first step to receiving benefits is to file your claim. The process for filing varies from state to state, so it’s important to know the process in your home state.
At least in the state of Georgina, if you do not file a claim within 30 days of the initial injury, then it could result in a denial of your claim.
When to File for Workers’ Comp
In a perfect world, your claim would be filed immediately after your injury, but not all injuries are not that obvious. Sometimes you may not know what happened and you have pain a few days later. In these situations, it can sometimes be difficult to prove your case. This is when some people are forced to get an attorney.
Providing Notice of an Injury or Illness
You must notify your employer that you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness, as it is the first step to initiating a Workers’ Compensation claim. The employer will have you fill out forms to be submitted to the insurance company. Some state define a clear time-frame for notifying your employer, while others state that it should be done as soon as possible.
If you live in a state where the Workers’ Compensation claims are handled by a state agency, you must provide notice to the state agency that you intend to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Next Steps in Workers’ Compensation Process
Once you’ve notified your employer and completed the necessary insurance paperwork, the insurance company will conduct an investigation. You may be asked to provide witness statements and wage verification at some point. It’s important that you get the information to them as soon as possible to prevent a delay in your benefits.
You may also need to go to arranged doctor’s appointments and have different tests completed as part of the investigation. Even if you’ve already sought medical treatment on your own, the insurance carrier may require an independent assessment of your condition from another doctor.
If you need help understanding Workers’ Compensation process in Georgia, contact Bobe and Snell Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.