Atlanta Workers' Compensation Claims How To File
If you had a job-related injury, or got a disease related to work, you might be entitled to workers compensation. Most employees are covered under workers compensation law. When you file for a workers' compensation claim, you will be reimbursed for your medical bills related to the injury, as well as lost wages or earnings. You will receive this in lieu of a lawsuit for damages against your employer.
When filing for an Atlanta workers compensation claim, you should know the steps to filing claims. The Atlanta workers comp attorneys at the Law Offices of Cruz & Associates guide you step by step through the process of filing claims in Atlanta.
Although it is very important to consult an attorney, the first step is to notify your employer as soon as the injury occurs. Your employer will give you the employee claim form to complete, and there you will describe the nature and the extent of your injury or illness.
The second step in a worker comp claim is to see a doctor to determine the extent of your illness or injury. If it's an emergency, seek medical attention immediately, but if it's not you should have an independent medical examination. You don't want the insurance company to choose the doctor who will perform this exam and report it. Be alert and observant during the examination process. Prepare a list of questions, and write down notes after the exam.
The third step is to file your workers compensation claim. You will need to complete and file a WC-14, with the State Board of Workers' Compensation. You can get a copy of the WC-14 form here: (http://sbwc.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1 2 1 0/1 7/20/1 30684 1 2wcOl4.pdf). If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Claims Assistance Department at (404) 656-3818.
When filing a workers' compensation claim in Atlanta you should make sure to provide all necessary information. Once completed and filed with the State Board of Workers' Compensation, you should send one copy of the form to your employer and one copy to their Workers' Compensation insurance carrier.
The employer or the insurance company may sometimes contest your claim, and therefore it is very important to discuss this with an attorney at your earliest convenience. The attorneys of the Cruz & Associates law firm have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights. Our highly skilled staff will help you with filing claims in Atlanta.