How do I make a workers’ compensation claim?
If you are injured on the job you should:
Tell your employer right away.
Ask for the workers’ compensation paperwork.
Fill out the paperwork with as much information about the injury as possible.
Send the paperwork to the insurance company.
Tell your employer about any witnesses to the accident.
After you make a report, your employer or the company hired to handle claims will investigate.
If your injury is serious or disputed, you might want to consult a workers’ comp attorney. Many attorneys who handle these cases will offer a free consultation.
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How do I get medical treatment if I am injured on the job?
Unless it is an emergency, to get medical treatment, you must go to one of your employer’s list of doctors. The list will be posted at your employer’s office. It should have the name, specialty, address and phone number of each doctor.
If you go to your personal physician or a doctor who is not on the approved list:
Your company will not pay your medical bills, and
Your health insurance will most likely not cover the costs.
If you go to one of the approved doctors and are not happy with the treatment, you may switch doctors one time. If you wish to switch again, you must get approval from your company.
If you have a medical emergency, you can go to any emergency room to get treatment. Ater the emergency is over, you must get any other treatment from an approved doctor.
You are not required to pay any portion of your medical care. If you are billed for any costs, contact your employer or workers’ comp provider.
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How can I appeal a workers’ compensation decision?
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you can ask for a hearing with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. There is a time limit to file your claim. You must file within:
One year of the injury if your initial claim was denied, or
One year of your last authorized medical treatment, or
Two years of your last workers’ compensation payment.
To appeal, file form WC-14 with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Find the form on the State Board website. Mail the form to:
State Board of Workers’ Compensation
270 Peachtree Street N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1299
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