Can I Wait Too Long for Workers Compensation?
You have probably heard the expression: “Good things come to those who wait”. Most of the time, that is good advice.
But, it is not good advice when it comes to workers compensation. When you have been injured or are disabled, waiting is almost never a good idea. Here are some ways that wait and delay can hurts your workers compensation case.
If you wait, you could lose your rights. In every area of the law, there are deadlines.
Missing these deadlines that can cause you to lose your rights completely. It is very important to know these deadlines so you do not miss them.
After an injury at work, you only have 30 days to give your employer notice of an injury. If you don’t, you may completely lose your claim.
In Georgia, you usually only have one year to file a workers compensation claim. There are other deadlines that could cause you to lose your rights to workers compensation benefits as well. This article discusses many of those deadlines.
If I satisfy the Georgia workers compensation deadlines, is that enough?
Not necessarily. Many times, people who have workers compensation claims have other claims as well. These other claims may have other deadlines. Failing to satisfy these deadlines could affect your right to pursue these other claims.
One of the most common types of these additional claims is a personal injury claim. Many people who get hurt in on the job car wrecks may also have a personal injury case. The deadlines for filing your personal injury case may be different than those for filing a workers compensation case.
Waiting to see a doctor can hurt you even more
Waiting to go to the doctor after an injury is also a bad idea. If you have a serious injury, you need to get medical treatment quickly. Doing so will probably lead to a better recovery from your injury.
Waiting to see the doctor also gives the insurance company a potential reason to fight your case. In workers compensation cases, insurance companies often try to claim that your injuries were not caused by the accident at work.
If you wait weeks or months before going to the doctor, this makes it that much easier for the insurance company to deny your case. If you do not wait to see the doctor, your injuries will be better documented.
So, there are at least two reasons you want to see the doctor quickly:
- To get better treatment for your injury which will provide you with a better recovery
- To properly document your injury in case the workers compensation insurance company tries to deny your case
You will almost never be treated fairly if you do not know how your rights. The insurance company has many people working for them. Here are just a few of the types of people you may run into who work for the insurance company:
- Case managers
These people know the laws. They are trained to use them to the advantage of the insurance company.
If you have a Georgia workers compensation case, educating yourself on the rules should definitely help you. It is never too early to start learning.
The fact that you are reading this article is good. If you want to find out more, there are a couple of ways that you can do that.
- Visit our workers compensation blog and read the articles there
- Schedule a free consultation with an attorney and ask questions
Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers. He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.
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