When workers get hurt at work in Georgia, getting adequate medical attention should take immediate priority. Beyond that, however, filing a claim should take precedence over anything else to prevent the disappointment that could result from filing a claim too late.
The claims process requires action from both the injured worker and the employer. Each party must see that all required information gets to the appropriate sources for workers’ compensation benefits to reach their optimal effect.
Timeliness is key
People who wait too long to file an injury claim with their employer run the risk of losing valuable benefits. Additionally, the incentive for acting quickly is for injured workers to acquire financial support as soon as possible.
Efficient reporting of an injury also allows injured workers to focus on recovery and setting goals that will allow them to return to work at the earliest possible date. According to the State Board of Workers Compensation, people in Georgia have one year from the date of their accident to file a claim. Failure to do so could void their chance of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Both injured workers and their employers must work together to get the claims process going. According to InsureOn, after an accident, injured workers must immediately inform their employer of what happened including all applicable details such as the location, date and time of the accident. In conjunction with a detailed report, injured workers need to file a claim.
Employers facilitate the claims process and should direct injured workers where to go to access all required paperwork. Once employers receive the claim, they should promptly file it with their insurance company. Throughout the road to recovery, employers should maintain contact and provide information about available resources to support the transition back to work.