If you’re hurt on the job or injured doing a work-related task, you are likely eligible to receive worker’s comp in Georgia. There are specifics about worker’s comp that you should know such as understanding your rights, filing a claim, how a pre-existing condition is treated, and why it’s important to hire a workers’ comp attorney.
Know Your Rights
The Workers’ Compensation Act has immense benefits for those who are injured on the job. It provides a framework for injured workers to pursue compensation for medical expenses and lost wages due to the injury. This Act also has benefits for the employer. According to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation:
“The Workers’ Compensation Act defines the responsibility of the employer to provide prompt medical and disability benefits for injuries sustained on the job by workers, resulting in partial or total incapacity or death. In return, the employer is shielded from tort liability for these injuries.”
You have rights, and it’s vital to exercise those rights quickly to maximize your recovery and minimize your stress.
Filing a Claim
For most cases, you have one year from the date of your accident to file a claim. However, there are exceptions that could extend the statute of limitations regarding your accident. In both cases, it is vital to consult an attorney because a workers’ comp lawyer will know the steps to take to file your claim. Additionally, your attorney will be able to file the claim for you so you can focus on recovery! Don’t hesitate to call our team today: (478) 845-1961
Understanding Pre-Existing Conditions
Many people erroneously believe that having a pre-existing condition disqualifies them from getting workers’ comp in Georgia. However, if you have a pre-existing condition and are still able to perform your work responsibilities, you are still entitled to workers’ comp if your tasks aggravate or worsen your condition. If you pursue workers’ comp for an injury related to a pre-existing condition, it is likely that the compensation will cover the injuries stemming from your duties.
Attorney Brian Adams is Your Workers’ Comp Expert
If you’ve been hurt on the job, don’t hesitate to contact Attorney Brian Adams about workers’ comp. It’s vital that you get the money you need to recover! Give us a call with your questions: (478) 845-1961