Anytime you are injured on the job or become ill due to workplace conditions, you need to let your employer or supervisor know immediately and seek medical attention. Even if you suspect your injury or illness is relatively minor, failing to notify your employer and neglecting to get prompt medical care could endanger your rights to receive benefits through workers’ compensation. Once you have reported your injury, the following steps should be taken as outlined by the Georgia State Workers’ Compensation Board (SWB):
- In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you will be referred to a Posted Panel of Physicians from which you should receive treatment, and notified of the Employee Bill of Rights.
- Your supervisor will ensure that a form WC-1 detailing the incident is sent to the person designated for your company by the SWB, so that your claim may be investigated.
- You will be provided with a copy of form WC-14 to provide additional details on your accident and injuries, which you will need to fill out and return to the SWB;
- You are also required to furnish a copy of the completed form to your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance representative;
- While you are waiting for your benefits to be approved, continue attending all medical appointments and treatments your doctor prescribes.
Be sure to check back with your employer as well as with the SWB if you do not receive information about your benefits within two weeks. If your employer fails to follow any of the above steps or you receive notice that your benefits have been denied, you may wish to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can assist you with your claim.