How Do I Notify My Employer Of A Work-Related Injury in Georgia?
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If you suffered a work-related injury or condition, inform your employer immediately, so you do not risk losing out on any workers’ compensation benefits.

Injured employees in Georgia should notify their employer of a work-related injury as soon as possible, according to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Individuals who wait longer than 30 days to notify their employer of a work-related injury risk losing their workers’ compensation benefits. If you suffered a workplace injury, the best course of action is to inform your boss or supervisor immediately and file a report with your employer.

A Georgia workers’ comp attorney can help you with your claim and protect your legal rights. Call Gregory Smith Law, LLC to schedule a free consultation now.

How Do You Tell Your Boss You Have a Workplace Injury in Georgia?

If you are wondering how you should notify your employer of a work-related injury, speak to your immediate supervisor to determine the correct procedure in your workplace. You can verbally inform your employer or provide a written notic or accident form.  You may also provide notice of your injury by texting your supervisor or foreman about the accident.

A work injury report should include as many details as possible, rather than merely stating that you got hurt. For example, you should try to have most of the following information in an accident or injury report:

  • Details of how the accident and injury occurred
  • Details of the injury and what body parts were injured
  • The location of the accident and injury
  • The time and date of injury
  • Names of witnesses

If your employer asks you to fill out a specific accident report form, make sure to get a copy of the completed form for your records.

How Long Does an Employer Have to Report an Injury at Work?

Once you notify your employer of a work-related injury, they should act at once. According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, employers in Georgia must report a work injury to the board immediately. The employer should then file the claim with their insurance company as soon as possible.

Can an Employer Fire You for a Work-Related Injury?

Unlike in many other states, Georgia workers can be fired because they got hurt at work.

Georgia is an at-will state when it comes to employment, according to the Georgia Secretary of State. This means that unless an employee has an employment contract stating otherwise, their employer can terminate them for any reason. You could get dismissed for no reason at all unless your employer is committing an illegal act such as firing an employee for a discriminatory reason.

What does this mean for people who have filed workers’ compensation claims? Unfortunately, it means that you are not protected and could get fired for a work-related injury or for filing a workers’ compensation claim. You could also get dismissed while you are off work recovering and receiving disability benefits.

If this has happened to you, you should continue to receive your Georgia workers’ comp benefits. You should speak to an experienced workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are not losing out on the compensation you are owed under the law.

What Are My Rights If I Get Hurt at Work in Georgia?

Generally, there are four main types of benefits an injured worker or the family of a worker who died could be entitled to under a workers’ compensation claim.

If you get hurt at work in Georgia, you could be entitled to have all your medical and future medical bills paid by workers’ comp insurance. Georgia workers’ comp will also compensate you for income loss due to partial or temporary total disability.

In detail, you could potentially have the legal right to recover:

  • Medical benefits – Workers’ compensation should take care of all medical costs related to your work injury. This could include hospital stays, medications, specialist appointments, surgeries, physical therapies, and any other healthcare needs you might need for your work-related condition or injury. Your treating doctor must prescribe the treatment. You could also claim mileage reimbursement for traveling to doctor or hospital appointments.
  • Disability benefits – If your work injury is so severe that you are either temporarily or permanently disabled, you are entitled to certain benefits under Georgia workers’ comp law.
  • Permanent total disability – A permanent total disability involves a catastrophic injury such as the loss of several limbs or both eyes, for example. The injured individual is not expected to work again and could potentially recover lifelong weekly payments or a lump-sum settlement.
  • Temporary total disability – In Georgia, employees unable to work for more than seven days due to their injuries are generally entitled to temporary total disability benefits. They can receive up to two-thirds of the average weekly wage, capped at a certain amount.
  • Permanent partial disability – A worker with a permanent partial disability can still work, but not at their old job or capacity. Examples of permanent partial disability can include impaired vision, hearing loss, and other permanent injuries. Individuals can receive up to two-thirds of their average weekly wage for a specific period.
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits – If you are unable to return to your previous job, you could potentially receive benefits that can help with a change of career, such as re-training costs for courses and course materials and other expenses.
  • Death benefits for the surviving family – Georgia’s workers’ comp insurance can help families of employees that died after suffering a work-related injury. Close family members could recover various benefits, including burial and funeral expenses and maintenance payments for the decedent’s dependents.

Get Help from Our Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Now

If you suffer injuries at work, you deserve adequate benefits that cover your expenses and losses. However, receiving benefits in a workers’ compensation claim is not always straightforward. You could run into problems such as

  • Denial of your claim
  • An unfair settlement offer
  • Complications due to pre-existing injuries or conditions
  • An employer disputing your claim

Let us help fight for the benefits you need to go on with your life after a workplace injury. We are ready to give you the individual attention and care that you deserve. Get the process started by contacting Gregory Smith Law, LLC now to set up a free consultation.

About the Author

Gregory Smith
Gregory founded Gregory Smith Law, LLC in his hometown of Augusta in 1993. Since that time, he has focused his practice exclusively on representing injured workers and their families after serious on-the-job accidents in Augusta and throughout Georgia. Gregory earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Augusta College and law degree from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Augusta Bar Association, and the Georgia Injured Workers’ Advocates, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of injured and ill workers in the Peach State. When he’s not in the office, Gregory enjoys bicycling, fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children.