Got Hurt, What Next? The First Crucial Steps After a Work Accident
This guide outlines the first steps you should take as soon as you have been injured in a work accident.
REPORT THE INJURYIn Georgia, you have 30 days to report your injury, but you should report as soon as possible. The sooner the injury is reported, the better it will go for the rest of your case.
ASK FOR A DOCTORIf you think you are injured at all, ask for a doctor immediately. Don't try to be tough, not going to the doctor will be used against you. You should always get checked out even if you don't feel like the injury was "that bad." Employers are supposed to keep a list of doctors. If they do not show you this list once you have asked for a doctor, make sure you notify an attorney.
MAKE AN INCIDENT REPORTAsk your employer to make an incident report regarding your accident and injury. Make sure that you fill out the report and that all information is accurate. Many times, employers will make their own reports with inaccurate information. This can be damaging to your case, so make sure that you review any report and it is best if you do your own report.
CONSULT A LAWYERIt is always best to talk to a lawyer about your accident and injury. Employers and insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of employees. They will take advantage of you, so get a lawyer.