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The Top 5 Questions About Georgia Workers’ Compensation

BEFORE You Talk to the Insurance Company, a Lawyer, or Sign Any Documents, You Should Read This!

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1: Can I get fired if I file a workers’ compensation claim?

A: Georgia is consider an “at will” state. This means an employer can fire you for any reason. However, in terms of your workers’ compensation claim status, this could be beneficial for you. One tactic the insurance company uses is to return you to work as soon as possible, despite your injury. If you have been returned to work under “light duty” status, your employer may create a job for you that fits under the light duty description. You generally have a specific number of days to try out the light duty work.

If you can’t perform the light duty job, and come out of work during the specific number of days, your insurance adjuster may be required to reinstate your weekly check benefits even if you have been terminated.

However, if the physician returns you to work under “full duty”, with no restrictions, and you are terminated, then workers’ compensation may not be liable for sending you a weekly check.

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2: Can my employer put me under surveillance?

A: It is possible that if you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer may put you under surveillance. To learn more about your rights, get our FREE book “The Ultimate Guide to Georgia Workers’ Compensation” sent to your email right away!

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3: What should I do if I am hurt at work?

  • Report your injury right away to your supervisor or employer. Make sure it is documented accurately.
  • Seek medical treatment for your injury.
  • Should you get legal help? Hiring an attorney may seem like a grand step, especially if you’ve never needed one before. How do you know when you need one? Well, if your injury is very minor, you may not need an attorney. However, if your injury is significant, you might consider just getting a FREE CONSULTATION with Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney. It can’t hurt to learn more about your rights.

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4: Can I see my own doctor for treatment of my work injury?

A: If your employer doesn’t have a “Panel of Physicians” (it’s typically a pink piece of paper with a list of doctors on it) posted and visible to all employees, you may have the right to choose your own doctor.

If the panel doesn’t follow the State Board of Workers’ Compensation guidelines (you can have a Workers’ Comp lawyer look over it during your free consultation), then the panel is deemed “invalid”. If so, you have the right to choose your own doctor who is not on the Panel of Physicians. HOWEVER, takes adequate photos of the Panel of Physicians at the job site as soon as possible, so that the insurance company cannot later argue that the panel was valid.

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5: How will I pay my bills if I can’t work?

A: Suddenly being unable to work can be detrimental to a family’s finances and paying bills. However, workers’ compensation may provide certain benefits to qualified injured workers. It’s important to know what types of monetary and medical benefits you may qualify for.

The Ultimate Guide to Georgia Workers’ Compensation: Order this FREE guide. It gives a general overview of the benefits available for injured employees in Georgia.

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