Starting Your Workers’ Comp Claims Process
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been assessing the persistent issue of workplace injuries going unreported for decades. As of the early 2000s, an estimated 69% of workplace accidents have gone unreported in the national Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
Although we've previously discussed why this is the case, an unaddressed issue is that many workers are unaware of what this process entails and how soon it should start. Read on to learn why you should report a workplace accident to your employer as soon as possible.
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The Benefits of Immediate Reporting
Georgia law requires that workplace accidents be reported within 30 days of occurring to avoid losing potential workers' compensation benefits for your injury. However, it is much more beneficial for you to report any injuries immediately after they happen. Here are a few reasons why:
- Timely medical care: You don't have to put off seeking the appropriate medical attention.
- Corrective action: Reporting an injury to an employer can alert them to a larger potential issue or hazard that may need to be remedied.
- More immediate investigation: If your claim requires further investigation, reporting early gives you the benefit of expediting the process.
- Reduce External Factors: Immediate reporting leaves less room for an employer or insurance provider to question if factors from outside of work caused your injury.
In addition to the above, by reporting a workplace injury sooner rather than later, you are giving yourself the best chance at having a successful claim. If you choose to take further action to address a larger issue with the help of an attorney, having a written record that you reported a workplace accident can also be substantial evidence.
Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Don’t let work injuries go unreported or unaddressed by your employer. By enlisting the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, you can better understand the process and ensure your rights are protected from start to finish. Schedule a consultation with a member of our team at The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC today by calling (770) 629-9321. Multilingual services are available.