Workplace injuries can be frightening and can leave you uncertain about your future. Unfortunately, many people do not know what to do to protect their interests after a workplace injury in Atlanta. While you are supposed to receive workers’ compensation benefits for all illnesses and injuries, some employees end up making mistakes that put these important benefits in jeopardy.
If you get hurt or someone you love is killed on-the-job, you cannot afford to do anything that prevents you from getting workers’ comp coverage. Since a lawsuit against an employer generally isn’t allowed, workers’ comp may be the only option you have for getting your medical bills covered, getting disability income, and getting any compensation at all for your serious injuries. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can help to protect you by making sure you avoid common errors that could cost you.
Avoid These Top Errors After an Atlanta Workplace Injury
While many things can make a workers’ comp claim more challenging, some of the most common mistakes that injured workers make after getting hurt on-the-job include:
- Believing their injury or illness won’t be covered. Some people assume that if they are off their normal worksite or at a company retreat instead of in the office, their injury won’t be covered. This is not necessarily true. If you’re doing required work-related tasks, you should get workers’ compensation coverage for any injuries that result from your work duties.
- Failing to report their injuries. You need to let your employer know about the injuries right away, even if you don’t think they are serious. A timely report preserves your right to make a workers’ compensation claim. This is important because what seems like minor symptoms could persist and could become much worse. Every workplace injury should be reported right away.
- Not getting prompt medical attention. You need to go and see a doctor right away. In an emergency where you are at serious risk of life-threatening or permanent injury, you can go to any hospital to get immediate care. However, in general, you will need to get your treatment from a doctor who you find from your employer’s Traditional Panel of Physicians or who is a part of the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization your employer has contracted with. There must be at least six doctors available for you to choose from on the Panel of Physicians.
- Trying to return to work too soon. If you are not able to work because of your condition, you should get disability benefits. In some cases, you’ll be pressured to return to work too soon because your employer’s insurer wants to stop paying disability. Don’t allow this to happen, as this could end up jeopardizing your recovery and hurting your health for the long-term.
Finally, the biggest mistake people make is not hiring an experienced attorney. When you’ve been hurt and need benefits, you should have a knowledgeable advocate on your side to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.