The first step in getting workers’ compensation when you are injured on the job is to report your injury to your employer; but what can you do if your employer does not report it to the State Workers’ Compensation Board (SWB)? Employers with three or more regular employees are required by law to provide workers’ compensation coverage, and they are also required to keep detailed records in regards to worker accidents and injuries. Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, employers who refuse or neglect to report injuries to the SWB may be subject to penalties up to $100.00 for each instance in which a report is not filed.
According to the SWB Employee Guidebook, it is important to be mindful of the statute of limitations regarding the time in which a claim may be filed. Injured workers may file a claim themselves for workers’ compensation by contacting the nearest SWB office and filing form WC-14, or they can seek assistance in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits through an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.