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You must let them know the details of your accident and injury. Ideally, either the employer or you should put it in writing.
It is enough to tell your supervisor that you were injured, but it is better if you make a written report. If the employer has an incident report for you to use, fill it out thoroughly. If your employer has an accident policy in place, then follow those guidelines as best you can. If they do not have a specific form or incident report for workplace injuries and accidents, then write out the details of your accident and injury on a piece of paper and give it to your employer. Describe the injury, including the exact date and time, who was involved in the accident, the location, any witnesses, and include any medical treatment you have already received. Describe all your injuries, major and minor.
Far too often, injured workers have their claims DENIED because they made a simple mistake or misstep in reporting the incident/injury correctly and within the required time period. DON’T take unnecessary chances when it comes to this critical first step.
Do NOT put off letting your employer know what happened.
If you wait too long, you may miss your opportunity to have your injuries covered under Workers’ Compensation. For most claims, you have 30 days in which to notify your employer, but do NOT wait! The sooner you notify your employer, the better!
Sometimes Employers and Insurance Companies tell injured employees that they cannot prove a claim for Workers’ Compensation because the employee did not notify them of the accident within the proper time. Don’t take any chances. Tell them right away! Some Employers will tell the injured worker that they won’t cover the claim because they didn’t receive notice within 24 hours. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! While you should let them know ASAP, for most claims, you have a full 30 days in which to let them know about the accident and your injuries. That is the law! If you aren’t sure if you have time to make a claim with your employer, then consult a lawyer who is experienced in Georgia Workers’ Compensation, and they will be able to tell you.
This is an excerpt of the book “11 Secrets to Winning Your Workers’ Compensation Claim.” This book will answer many of these questions and give you the knowledge you need. Get your free copy now.
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