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Whether or not there are precautions put in place, accidents at work can and do happen. Injuries sustained by these accidents in the workplace can range in severity from minor lacerations and sprains to broken bones, amputations, severe burns, and even deaths. If you are you unlucky enough to be involved in an accident at work and suffer an injury, you can claim compensation. Read on to learn what you need to do in order to preserve your claim.
1. Make an Accident Report
If you don’t realize you’re injured immediately, you could run into problems. Many states and cities have a very short time frame to report an incident to cover compensation for workers. For this reason, you should report any incident that happens whether you think you are injured or not. Even if you are not injured, your incident report could lead your employer to introduce new safety measures to prevent future injuries.
2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
After an accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Go to the emergency room if the injury justifies it. If you are not severely injured, however, you should ask your employer if you need a certain doctor or if you can choose the doctor you want to visit.
If your employer decides who your doctor is and you aren’t satisfied with how things went during your visit, you might want to see another doctor of your choice. Given the extent of your injury, you may lose far more benefits than it will cost you to get a different doctor’s assessment. If you have health insurance, it may cover your doctor’s visit.
3. Keep Detailed Records
It is always in your best interest to keep copies of documents relating to your claim, including work restrictions, messages from your employer or insurance company, and completed documents (including an accident report). Although your doctors will create health records documenting your medical treatment, your medical records do not always include work restriction slips. Several of these records are essential to the approval and payment of your employee’s claim.
Contact a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured at work, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for the damages suffered. To ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your case, reach out to the dedicated Georgia personal injury attorneys at Georgia Injury Advocates. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to effectively pursue your claim. To arrange a consultation, call us today at (770) 766-0555.