10 Key Steps to a Successful Workers' Comp. Claim
- Be sure to report your on-the-job injury both verbally, and in writing, as soon as possible after your accident takes place. If you get hurt on a Friday, do not wait until Monday to give your employer notice of your injury. Inform your employer about all parts of your body that have been injured.
- Be sure to list all of your symptoms and all parts of your body that have been injured when you meet with each of your treating physicians.
- After you have given notice of your accident, ask your employer for a copy of the posted panel of physicians so that you can select the doctor or medical facility you want to go to. Your employer does not have the right to send you to a company clinic without giving you a choice of doctors first.
- Consult with your attorney so that you will know the right questions to ask your doctor before you consent to invasive procedures or surgery.
- Don't post anything on social media media throughout the entire time that you are involved in the workers' compensation process.
- You are not permitted to earn money from a second job when you are being paid temporary total disability benefits if your doctor had placed you on a no work status.
- Always talk to your attorney about the different types of workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to under Georgia law. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to be reimbursed for any wage loss you suffer while you are working light duty, the right to be reimbursed for roundtrip mileage to all of your medical appointments and the right to be reimbursed for all of your injury related prescriptions.
- Listen to your lawyer's advice regarding the value of your case and how the workers’ compensation settlement process works. Going to court to settle your case is not an option under Georgia workers' compensation law.
- Make sure that you check with your lawyer to find out whether you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third-party who caused your accident.
- Do not exceed the restrictions given to you by your authorized treating physician or you risk having your weekly benefits suspended.
It is almost impossible for injured workers to know what steps they need to take immediately after an accident, or what mistakes to avoid. Sadow & Froy has over 36 Years of experience expertly guiding her clients through the entire process.