What To Do When You're Injured At Work in Georgia
Workers' compensation in Georgia is a confusing process. It's important to make sure you're doing the right things and taking the right steps immediately. Your medical treatment is the most important part of your claim and it can be jeopardized if you don't take the appropriate steps.
Immediately Report the Incident In WritingYou must do this immediately. If it's not reported immediately, your employer could argue there was a lack of notice or failure to report the injury, which could serve as a basis for a denial "or controvert." It is recommend you do this in writing as well, whether it's an email, a note, or preferably a text message.
Ask For A Copy of the Panel of PhysiciansThe Employer is supposed to post the Panel of Physicians (or list of at least six doctors). However, many times it is stashed in someone's desk or doesn't exist. Insurance companies will try to argue that the occupational medicine "doc in a box" is your treating physician. This does not have to be the case. You are entitled to CHOSE from the panel. So ask for a copy and have an attorney look it over to make sure it is valid.