Rules of Georgia Workers’ Compensation
If you are injured on the job, workers’ compensation can help you recover but you need to follow a process. Not understanding this process often causes people to lose benefits they should receive.
What to do after your work injury
The first things you need to do is make sure to report your injury to employer as soon as possible. Prompt notification should allow the insurance company to begin your benefits in a timely manner. If you do not report you injury within 30 days, you may lose all of your workers’ compensation benefits under Georgia law.
Workers’ compensation attorney Jason Perkins discusses a few of the other things you need to do after a work injury:
Rules on getting medical treatment
You need proper medical treatment to recover from your injury. The insurance company has a duty to pay for that treatment.
It would be nice if you could just go to any doctor you want to get that treatment. But you have to follow the rules to make the insurance company pay for that treatment. If you do not follow the rules, the insurance company may get away with not paying for your treatment.
Deadlines on filing your claim
The most frustrating and often unfair rules have to do with filing your claim. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to part or all of your workers’ compensation benefits.
Georgia law has many different deadlines called “statutes of limitation”. Make sure you know about these. You can read this article for more information.
Rules the insurance company has to follow
The insurance company has to follow rules as well. They have to file Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation forms. They have to send copies of those forms to you.
The insurance company also has to pay benefits on time. When they fail to follow the rules, the insurance company can have to pay penalties and the cost of you getting an attorney to enforce your rights.
Make sure you understand the rules. Understanding the rules is critical to receiving the benefits you should.
Since the rules constantly change, the best way to get the benefits you should is often to have a workers’ compensation attorney on your side. But make sure you get a free consultation before making the decision about hiring.
Medical treatment and testing can often be the most important benefit provided in a Georgia workers compensation case. To recover from a serious injury, you will need good medical treatment. Unfortunately, many people find it frustrating to get that medical treatment. There are rules about which doctors can provide treatment and whether you get to […]
Some people worry about whether they should report an injury at work. They have concerns over whether their employer will treat them differently or try to fire them. This article will discuss rules for Georgia workers compensation law. It is important to know that different states have different workers compensation laws, so it is important […]
If you are reading this article, you have probably received notification that the Georgia Insurers Insolvency Pool has taken over handling of your workers compensation case. That notification probably left you with a lot of questions. Before that happened, your workers compensation benefits had probably been paid by an insurance company. Now, that insurance company […]
When a workers compensation injury keeps you out of work in Georgia, you rely on the workers compensation check that the insurance company pays you. This temporary total disability check replaces the wages that you lose when you are unable to work. But, Georgia law does have limits on how long the insurance company has […]
A few years ago, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation changed its rules about nurse case managers. Since that rule change, nurse case manager are more common in workers compensation cases. If you have a nurse case manager on your case, you probably have some questions: What is the nurse case manager’s job? Who […]
You will need good medical treatment to recover from a serious workers compensation injury. Fortunately, the insurance company should pay for that medical treatment under Georgia’s workers compensation laws. The insurance company has to pay for that medical treatment, but there are special rules that apply. This article will discuss many of those special rules […]
Workers compensation can cause financial stress and worry. If you experience financial difficulty dealing with workers compensation, you may wonder whether filing for bankruptcy is an option you should consider. Sometimes, people who suffer a workers compensation injury already have a pending bankruptcy case. Those people often have questions about what they need to do […]
Injuries are painful. A workers compensation injury can cause you pain for week or months. Some serious injuries cause pain that lasts for years. In Georgia, workers compensation covers you when you suffer an injury doing your job. But, does it cover all of the harm that you incur as a result of that injury? […]
When you get hurt at work, you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a workers compensation claim. There are certain rules that will apply to determine whether you get workers compensation benefits or not. In Georgia, those rules get created in three ways: The Georgia legislature passes new workers compensation laws The Directors of […]
If you were injured at work, a workers compensation settlement generally means that you receive some sort of lump sum payment. But what is the amount of that lump sum payment and how does the insurance company determine it? This question is difficult. Before trying to answer it, you first need to do at least […]
Many people refer to the doctors who provide medical treatment for work injuries as workers compensation doctors. Some people use the term “company doctors”. Georgia law gives injured workers the right to pick their doctor off the employer’s panel of physicians. But, many injured workers get sent directly to a company doctor without getting offered […]
A doctor may have talked to you about permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. Or, you may have heard about PPD benefits from a friend. Regardless of how you learned about them, you probably have some questions about how PPD benefits work. This article provides some information about PPD benefits generally but focuses more specifically on […]
Most people never expect that they would have to deal with a workers compensation back injury. It can be very confusing when you are suddenly in pain and unable to do your job. You may not know what your rights are. You want to make sure that you get good medical treatment to get better. […]
Most people have heard of workers compensation. You probably know that it cover you when you suffer an injury at work. But, many people have questions about exactly how it works. Those questions really become important when you suffer an injury at work. You need to file a workers compensation claim. But, how do you […]
Physical therapy, or PT for short, is a fairly common treatment ordered by doctors in a number of injury situations. Doctors prescribe physical therapy as medical treatment for many different types of injuries that occur at work. It is one of the most common types of medical treatment in a workers compensation claim. Sometimes, […]
In most workers’ compensation cases people never even hear about catastrophic rehabilitation suppliers. They only work in he most serious of workers’ compensation injuries where someone’s injury is designated as ‘catastrophic’. The part of Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation law that covers catastrophic designation is known as O.C.G.A. 34-9-200.1(g). That law discusses six different types of injuries […]
Georgia’s injured workers too often cannot receive timely medical treatment for their work injuries. When your treating doctor recommends certain medical treatment, you should not have to wait months or longer to get that treatment. Unfortunately, insurance companies have taken advantage of a system which allows them to delay and deny workers compensation medical treatment. […]
I refer to is as “surveillance”. A private investigator parks near your house or some other location where they suspect you will be. Once they see you, they observe you. They follow you around and takes pictures and video of you. You have probably heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Unfortunately, […]
Many people who suffer a serious injury at work have questions about the rules of Georgia’s workers compensation law. Many of these questions focus on two main areas: Getting medical treatment so they can recover from their injury What happens under Georgia’s workers compensation law if an injury affects their ability to work In this […]
Georgia workers compensation is confusing. You suffer an injury at work and you suddenly find yourself thrown into this system that you never wanted to be a part of. You talk with people from your employer and the workers compensation insurance company. These people often give you information about what you need to do. You […]