According to the Georgia State Workers’ Compensation Board (SWB), you have up to 30 days to report an on-the-job injury you suffer to your employer or a supervisor. At the same time, it is highly recommended you report any injury immediately after an accident. This can help prevent delays between you, your employer, their insurance company, and the SWB, delays which could prevent you from being eligible for benefits through the state workers’ compensation program.
Once you have notified your employer, your employer will report your injuries to their insurer, and you will be required to submit Form WC-14 to the SWB in order to file a claim. According to the SWB Employee Handbook, you have one year from the date of your injury to file your claim in order to be eligible for benefits. If you suffer an occupational illness, such as mesothelioma, you have one year from the date you became aware of or were diagnosed with the condition. This statute of limitations also applies in the event your filed claim is denied, giving you one year from the date of your original injury to appeal the SWB’s decision. While these 12 months may seem like plenty of time, it is important to stay on top of your claim and the claims process to ensure important deadlines are not missed and to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for which you are entitled. If you have questions about your claim, contact our Atlanta or Augusta workers’ compensation attorneys right away.