The Do's and Don'ts of Worker's Comp
Workers’ Compensation may provide you with medical benefits, rehabilitation support, and supplemental income if you suffer an injury or fall ill as a result of a compensable, work-related accident. These benefits are provided to help you return to work. In the case of your death, your dependents may also be eligible to claim benefits.
What You Should Know:• If you are injured while performing your job, report your injury immediately to your supervisor. If you wait more than a month to report the injury, you may lose the opportunity to receive benefits.
• To file a claim, you'll need to complete Form WC-14, file it with the State Board of Workers' Compensation, and send a copy to your employer and their workers' compensation insurance carrier.
• Consult the panel of approved physicians, most often posted on a WC-P1 document.
• O.C.G.A. 34-9-201 requires your employer to post your panel of approved physicians in “prominent places on the business premises.”
• If you're away from work for more than 7 days because of your injury, you're eligible to receive two-thirds of your weekly earnings, up to a maximum of $575 as a weekly income benefit. Depending on the nature of your injury, you may qualify to accept this benefit for up to 400 weeks.
How to Best Protect Your Rights:• Be confident and comfortable informing your employer of your injury.
• If your injury is an emergency go to the emergency room! This will not affect your rights as an employee.
• DO NOT sign any forms from an insurance provider without consulting with an approved physician on the extent of your injuries and an experienced attorney so that you can be sure your medical expenses will be properly covered by your employer’s required workers’ compensation coverage.