Being injured on the job is never easy. Not only are you nursing an injury, but you’re also facing time off the job and likely decreased earnings. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is here to help. If, however, your injuries are the result of something another employee did, you likely have serious questions about the role workers’ compensation will play and what to do next. One of the most important steps you can take is consulting with an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney as soon after the injury-causing accident as possible.
The Good News
The good news is that workers’ compensation generally covers work-related injuries no matter how they happen (with some notable exceptions). The less-great news is that obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is likely to be a challenge.
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First Things First
If you have been injured on the job, there are several steps that you should take to help protect both your health and your workers’ compensation claim.
Seek the Medical Attention You Need
Your first priority should always be your health, which makes getting the medical care you need as soon as possible paramount.
Notify Your Employer
It is imperative that you notify your employer, boss, and/or supervisor about the injury-causing accident as soon as it occurs. Sharing this information and specifically requesting workers’ comp benefits will help get the ball rolling and will help ensure that you maintain the connection between your injuries and your job.
Discuss Your Claim with a Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workers’ compensation claims are notoriously complicated, and the sooner you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, the better off you’ll be.
Situations That May Not be Covered
While accidents on the job are typically covered, if any of the following apply, workers’ compensation may deny your claim:
- If the coworker who caused you to be injured wasn’t engaged in a work-related activity
- If your injuries are a result of an altercation that wasn’t work-related
- If your injuries are a result of you and your co-worker goofing off on the job
- If you are the initial aggresor
Seek the Legal Guidance of an Experienced Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
The practiced workers’ compensation attorneys at Gearhart Law – proudly serving both Atlanta and Roswell – have the experience, legal insight, and drive you are looking for. To learn more about how we can help you, please don’t wait to contact or call us at (404) 445-8370 today.
How do I know if I have a claim?
The best way to find out if you have a valid claim is by consulting with an experienced workers’ comp attorney.
Is it worth going through the hassle of workers’ compensation?
If you have been injured on the job, it is important to address the matter via workers’ compensation insurance even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured. The fact is that your doctor may tell you otherwise, and your recovery is too important to leave to chance.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on wide-ranging factors that your workers’ compensation attorney will carefully go over with you.