Whenever you go to work, you are at risk of suffering a workplace injury, regardless of your occupation. An injury you sustain at work can make it hard to go back to your job and even complete normal daily activities.
The workers’ compensation system in Georgia provides benefits to workers after a workplace accident. If you were recently injured at work, you may have some questions about how this system works.
When should you report an accident?
You should tell your supervisor, boss or foreman about the workplace accident as soon as possible after it happens. If you wait more than 30 days, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation states that you could lose your benefits.
What doctor should you see?
Your employer must post information about approved medical providers. He or she can meet this requirement by posting a Traditional Panel of Doctors, which lists six providers, or posting the name of the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization.
Who pays for medical treatment?
For work-related injuries, your company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier will pay for any medical treatment you receive. This can include authorized hospital bills, doctor bills, physical therapy, prescriptions and even travel expenses. Depending on your injury, you may be eligible for medical or vocational rehabilitation.
You can receive benefits through the workers’ compensation system regardless of how long you have worked for your employer. Your employer is not legally allowed to terminate your job if you decide to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.