After an Atlanta workplace accident, there are certain key steps that you need to take in order to protect your rights. You may be entitled to receive benefits that cover the costs of your injuries and your losses. You don’t want to do anything to jeopardize your ability to get those benefits, especially as you are restricted by Georgia law from suing your employer for on-the-job injury.
An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with help in taking the necessary steps to protect your right to receive compensation for work-related illnesses and injuries. You should work with an attorney as soon as you can to find out the steps you need to take after you get hurt and to avoid making mistakes that could jeopardize your right to benefits.
Steps to Take After an Atlanta Workplace Accident
After an accident while you are at work, there are a few key steps to take right away. You should:
- Get prompt medical help. You need to make certain that the full extent of your injuries is diagnosed and that detailed medical records of your injuries are kept. The information from the medical exams you undergo will be helpful as you make your workers’ compensation claim. Your medical records can show that you are as badly hurt as you are claiming, and can demonstrate the injuries actually happened because of your work accident.
- Report your injury to your employer. You have a limited period of time in which to report the injury you have sustained to your employer. If you do not make a timely report about the accident and resulting injuries, you could put your right to make a workers’ comp claim in jeopardy.
- Write down your recollections of the accident. You may be asked many times about how the incident occurred and may need to be able to clearly demonstrate how the accident was work-related. You want to ensure you remember exactly what happened so it can be helpful to record your recollections when your memories are fresh. If any of your co-workers witnessed the incident, you should also write down who was present as well. Information they provide could help to back up your version of events and your explanation for how the injury happened.
- Contact an attorney. Working with a legal professional can be important, as your lawyer can help you to navigate through the workers’ compensation claims process. Your lawyer can also assist you in determining if third party claims are possible and can help you to understand what options you have available to try to maximize your recovery.
These are just a few of the key steps it is important to take following a workplace accident that leaves you sick or injured. The sooner you get a legal advocate on your side, the sooner you can begin to take the right steps to protect your right to receive benefits.
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.