How The Workers’ Compensation System Works
How Does Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation System Work?
Tell Your Employer
The first step after a work-related accident is to notify your employer. Waiting could jeopardize your ability to get benefits.
See A Doctor
You should also see a doctor. Getting proper diagnosis and treatment is not only important for your physical health, but also necessary for your workers’ compensation claim.
Your employer is required to provide you with information regarding authorized medical care providers. You can select any doctor from this list.
File A Claim
You need to complete a form and submit it to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Your employer should assist you in filing your claim. If your claim is authorized, you will begin receiving wage loss and medical benefits.
If your claim is denied, you need to request a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, which is similar to a trial. An administrative law judge will review your claim, examine evidence presented by both sides, review briefs submitted by both attorneys, and make a decision.
If your claim is accepted (not denied), you will generally begin receiving disability benefits within 21 days of your date of injury. The benefits you are entitled to depend on your injuries. In general, you will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wages (but no more than $575 per week) and medical benefits. Wage replacement (income) benefits are available for up to 400 weeks. If your injury is such that returning to work is impossible (catastrophic injury), further benefits may be available.
For More Information, Call 912-681-BARR (2277)
At Barr Law Offices LLC, we will walk you through the process, from start to finish. Our attorneys will explain the law to you in terms you understand, and answer any questions you may have. For help with your workers’ comp claim, call us at 912-681-BARR (2277), or contact us online. Consultations are free *.