Sep 24, 2018

When Should I Report an Accident for Workers’ Comp in GA?

Workers’ compensation is extremely valuable. Before nationwide workers’ compensation laws
were enacted, injured workers would often have to take their employers
to court and many times they did not win. Not only did workers have little
to no resources to cover their medical bills, they had no way to replace
their lost income and they did not have the means to go up against their
affluent employers in court.

Fortunately, state legislators recognized this widespread problem and enacted
workers’ compensation laws in all 50 states. Today, South Carolina
mandates that all businesses with three or more employees, including part-time
employees, carry workers’ compensation insurance on behalf of their workers.

Injured Workers Have to Follow the Rules

While workers’ compensation insurance is critical for injured and
sickened workers suffering from an
occupational disease, there are strict rules that have to be followed in order for injured
workers to access
benefits. These rules govern when an injured worker has to report their injury,
who they have to report it to, which doctors they see, and which treatment
they receive.

If a worker delays in filing a claim and they wait too long, they lose
valuable benefits. But
when is a worker supposed to report their accident or injury and to whom? It’s
important to pay attention to the reporting requirement because it does
vary from state-to-state.

In South Carolina, if you’re hurt in a workplace accident, you must
report the accident
immediately to your boss, manager, foreman, or supervisor. If you wait more than
30 days, you could lose your right to benefits permanently.

When Do Benefits Start?

If you are injured on-the-job and you cannot work for more than 7 days,
you should be entitled to weekly income benefits. Generally, the first
check is mailed to an injured worker within 21 days from the first day
the worker missed work due to their injury. If an injured worker misses
work for more than 21 consecutive days, then he or she will receive benefits
for the first week they were injured.

To file a workers’ compensation claim in Atlanta,
call 770-922-3660 today.