Everything you need to know about reporting an injury at work
Understanding the proper procedure for workers' compensation is extremely important and will allow you to gain the maximum benefits you are legally entitled to receive. Ensure to report any injury immediately to your employer and be detailed in describing when visiting a physician.
Everything you need to know about filing a workers’ compensation case in GeorgiaWork-related accidents happen, and it’s important to know when and how to properly file a
workers' compensation claim in the state of Georgia. Knowing everything in the process, from
what doctors you have access to informing your employer, is the key to gaining maximum
What is Workers' Compensation?Workers’ Compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer to provide
medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits if you are injured at your job.
All companies that have three or more employees are required by law to have workers'
In work-related accidents, employers are required to post information about the physicians that
are available to you as an employee.
● A Panel of Physicians, which consists of at least six doctors, is supposed to be posted in a
place where employees frequent. This place can be a break room or the timecard area in
It’s best to choose a doctor from the panel of physicians because employers are obligated to pay
for the treatment of your injuries.
● On the other hand, if you are unable to find the panel in your workplace or your employer
does not help you get treatment, you can select a doctor of your liking. Your employer
will cover the doctor you choose.
When and How to File for Workers’ Compensation?It’s extremely important to promptly file your injury to your employer in order to receive the
medical treatment needed to recover. File immediately; if you wait longer than thirty days, you
risk losing your benefits.
Once the accident has been reported, your employer is supposed to aid you in receiving medical
treatment. This treatment can be provided either through the panels posted or by directing you to
an emergency facility like urgent care or an industrial clinic.
Make sure to always report any accident sustained on the job even when and if you fear
repercussions. It’s a legitimate concern that individuals have when approaching reporting a
claim. You, as the employee, run the risk of further injuring yourself if you choose not to report
and if you do not receive adequate treatment.
Promptly reporting the injury will not only inform your employer but will also allow you to
receive the medical attention you need in order to recover properly.
● If termination occurs before you report the injury, then you can still proceed and report.
Often, employers will try to beat you to the punch and terminate your employment if they know
that you are injured. Regardless, this “termination” does not end their obligation to provide you
with proper compensation for the time you will miss from work or the treatment you must
If you are in a situation where you are terminated from your employment for no sound reason,
then you can request a hearing or seek legal advice from attorneys experienced in workers'
● Make sure to file a claim within one year from the date of your accident.
These actions would push the employer to fulfill their obligation for medical treatment and any
What do I do about a Doctor?When visiting a physician regarding your injury, make sure to inform them that your injury took
place at work. Overall, be as clear as possible with your doctor and tell them exactly how the
accident happened and the acquired injuries.
This information will be included within the report they write that will later be examined by the
insurance company. Your detailed description of the injury will allow the insurance company to
see a connection between the injury and your place of work. Make sure to also inform your
● Your current place of employment
● Your job description/position
● What the job entails/ physical requirement of the job
All of this information will aid the doctor in assessing your injury and determining whether you
can return to work or not. The doctor should be able to tie it all in and, in the end, be able to say
if, in their opinion, the injury was caused by the work accident.
If they state that the injuries and limitations of the injured are consistent with the accident, this
will allow a solid case. Again, getting medical documentation and tying everything together
leaves no room for doubt for insurance companies when looking at your case.
Understanding the proper procedure for workers' compensation is extremely important and will
allow you to gain the maximum benefits you are legally entitled to receive. Ensure to report any
injury immediately to your employer and be detailed in describing when visiting a physician.
Remember, your health is paramount, and reporting promptly means receiving adequate
treatment for you to make a speedy recovery.