Workplace Injuries Are Entitled To Worker's Compensation
Every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job. That is over 12,000 injuries per day. Workplace injuries can be caused by both repeated job duties and accidents. In the state of Georgia, there is Worker’s Compensation, which is a benefit system that was put into place to assist injured workers with their injuries so that they can return to their jobs as soon as possible.
What Are Some Types of Workplace Injuries and Accidents?
There are many different kinds of workplace injuries and accidents that can occur such as:
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Car accidents while on the job
- Stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Construction accidents
- Defective machinery
What Should You Do if You Are Involved in an Accident at Work in Georgia?
It can be scary to have a workplace injury or to be involved with an accident. Stay calm and make sure you do the following things:
- Report your accident to a supervisor.
- See an approved physician.
- Get any relevant paperwork from your employer that will allow you to make a claim.
Is There a Statute of Limitations with Workplace Injuries in Georgia?
In Georgia, it is required that you notify your employer or supervisor within 30 days of an injury. The only exception to this rule is a situation in which you are confident that your supervisor witnessed the accident or injury. It is possible to submit a notification outside of this 30-day timeline, but you must have a good reason to delay.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Workplace Injury?
Often, a significant workplace injury can be a life-altering occurrence. It can affect your quality of life for a substantial amount of time, if not indefinitely. While Worker’s Comp benefits do help, often, they are not going to cover the true costs of the incident, particularly if a lot of pain and suffering has been caused by the mishap.
An attorney will be able to maximize the benefits and overcome any complications presented by insurance companies. In many cases, attorneys can help to recover compensation for the true costs of the workplace injury including medical expenses, lost wages, and costs for any pain and suffering that was caused.
Navigating workplace injuries and Worker’s Comp rules can be complicated and difficult. If you have been injured in an accident at work, the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about your legal rights and compensation. Fortunately, at Hagen Rosskopf, we specialize in workplace injuries. Give us a call today, and see how we can help you with your workplace injury.