May 7, 2018
What Should I Do If I’m Injured at Work?
Being injured at work is a stressful experience, and many people are unsure of what to do next. At our firm, we have guided hundreds of clients to successful legal outcomes in workers’ comp cases. We want you to be informed of the steps you need to take after a workplace accident.
After a workplace accident, you need to:
- Notify your employer. The most important thing to do after you’ve been injured at work is to tell your employer. In the state of Georgia, you only have 30 days from the date of your injury to notify your employer. If you miss this deadline, your ability to pursue compensation may be hindered. That is why it is important to tell your employer right away after you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury.
- Seek medical attention. While serious injuries will require emergency medical treatment, some injuries may not exhibit symptoms for hours, days, or even weeks after the initial incident. This means you may feel just fine after slipping and falling at work, but you may start to feel pain and stiffness days later. That is why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a workplace accident. This will help ensure you do not have any underlying injuries, and will provide evidence to use in your workers’ comp claim.
- Gather evidence. It is also important to gather evidence as soon as possible. This involves taking pictures of the hazardous condition that caused your accident, such as a wet floor or broken handrail, as well as getting the name and contact information of any witnesses. Furthermore, you should request a copy of your medical records. If the insurance company or your employer disputes your claim, having evidence can strengthen your case as you seek the financial relief you deserve.
- Call our Atlanta workers’ comp attorneys. While it is possible to go through the workers’ comp process on your own, having a lawyer by your side can make a difference. We have an up-to-date knowledge of federal and state laws, and will tenaciously fight for your right to compensation. We will handle any legal issues that may arise, and will represent you in a hearing or the appeals process if necessary.
If You’ve Been Injured at Work, The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC Is Here to Help
At The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, we guide clients through the Georgia workers’ comp legal system. Our Atlanta workers’ comp lawyers understand that you are going through a stressful time. We will provide efficient representation as you see the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and other expenses. From start to finish, our lawyers will answer your questions, discuss your options, and help you make informed decisions.
Contact us today to get started with a free consultation.