Georgia workers’ compensation provides free medical care for workers who are injured on the job. It also provides money to replace lost wages and to compensate workers for permanent injuries. These benefits exist to help injured workers get back on their feet after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied due to avoidable mistakes. The loss of benefits can be financially devastating for the worker and his or her family.

Avoid these five common mistakes

  1. Failing to report an injury. If you are injured on the job, no matter how minor it seems, report the injury to your supervisor immediately. If you fail to report an injury within 30 days, you may lose your right to file for workers’ compensation.
  2. Missing work without a doctor’s written excuse. The insurance company paying your claim won’t go by your word that you are unable to work due to an injury.
  3. Seeing an unapproved doctor. Except in cases of emergency, you need to go to a doctor who is on the panel of approved workers’ compensation doctors. You can receive a list of these doctors from your employer or insurance company.
  4. Skipping doctor’s appointments. It’s important to see the doctor for two reasons: to get better and to document your injury.
  5. Arguing with your doctor or employer. If you feel you are not receiving the treatment or other benefits you need, don’t get angry. Get legal advice. You may be entitled to a second opinion.

Learn more about what to do if you are injured on the job in Georgia.