When you apply for workers’ compensation, you are essentially asking your employer to provide you with coverage for your medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages after you have been injured at work. You are granted these coverages so that you can get back to work after you have been treated for your injuries. Workers’ compensation is also given to surviving family members who have lost a loved one in a workplace accident.
Workers’ compensation can be there to help you out for a number of accidents. Typically workers’ compensation is used for people with very physical professions such as construction or industrial workers. You may also be eligible for workers’ compensation if you have been in an auto accident and your job involves driving. We see cases from employers who slipped and fell at work and hurt themselves during work hours. Essentially, if your injury took place in the working hours and at your place of work, then you will likely be eligible for workers’ compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Something that is seriously important for the success of your case is making sure that your employer knows that the injury took place. Step one after your accident should be to report it to your higher ups. That may be your boss or supervisor. This needs to happen as soon as possible because you are limited to 30 days to report your injury or else you likely will no longer be eligible for the benefits of workers’ compensation.
In order to file your workers’ compensation claim, you need to fill out the form WC-14 which will be filed with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. A copy of it should go to your employer as well as the insurance carrier for workers’ compensation.
You will be eligible for two thirds of your weekly wages if you have been unable to return to work for more than a week. There is a maximum of $575 for these weekly wage benefits. The details of how long you are permitted to have this weekly wage will vary from case to case. You may be eligible to receive these benefits for up to 400 weeks total.
In order to contact the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, you have a few different options available to you. If you are inside of metro Atlanta, you can call (404)656-3818 and if you outside of metro Atlanta in Georgia, you can call 1-800-533-0682. If you prefer to mail in your claim, you can send it to:
State Board of Workers' Compensation
270 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Again, make sure that you are doing this as soon as you can as to not miss your deadline and forfeit your rights to workers’ compensation benefits.
You may be covered for an array of bills and expenses. When you have been injured at work, you may suddenly need to pay emergency room bills, doctor copays, physical therapy expenses, prescription costs, and in some cases travel expenses to get to these appointments. There may also be a need to cover your vocational rehabilitation which means the cost of entering a new field of work which may include education and training if you cannot return to the same work. This may happen to construction workers who can no longer do heavy lifting or reaching above their heads. The law protects you in those circumstances. Workers’ compensation is there to help you learn to do a different kind of job in the event of catastrophic injury. You can always reach out to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation or a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about this procedure.
Your wellbeing is important to us and we want to make sure that you are getting the compensation you deserve. Workplace accidents can often lead to serious and life-impacting injuries that you want to get checked out as soon as possible. Hiring the right attorney to represent you is as important to the success of your case. Please do not hesitate to call our Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys today to get the compensation that you deserve. We will fight tirelessly for you.