How to Give Proper Notice of a Work Related Accident
Many of Georgia’s workers believe that Workers' Compensation is an automatic benefit. They become understandably frustrated when that proves not to be true, and they are forced to wait for a weekly benefit check and for necessary medical treatment.
Just as an injured worker has the right to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, so too does an employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company have the right to contest those benefits.
To make sure your workers' compensation case goes as smoothly as possible, it is essential that you provide notice of your injury to your employer. Notice means that you must alert your employer that you had an accident. The notice can be verbal or in writing. This should be done as soon as possible after the accident, but not more than thirty days later. If your accident occurs on a Friday, it is particularly important that you give your employer notice of the accident before the weekend. The later notice is given, the more likely that your employer and their workers’ compensation carrier will deny your claim.