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Basics of Georgia's workers' compensation laws

Those who have been injured on the job in Georgia may be eligible to file for workers' compensation benefits, provided they comply with all of the requirements in place.
 
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    December 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Basics of Georgia's workers' compensation laws

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Most workers will have a very clear understanding of the tasks that they will be required to perform each day on the job. They know that they are expected to complete these tasks as soon as possible to help their employers maximize their profits and production.

Even if workers follow all safety precautions, these demands could unfortunately lead to workplace accidents. When one of these incidents occurs, it is important that workers understand what they need to do should their injuries require medical attention. If they miss time from work, they will have to file claims for workers' compensation benefits, and many are unfamiliar with all of the rules in place.

In Georgia, the workers' compensation system is the sole remedy against the employer for an injured worker. This means that those injured on the job are not allowed to sue their employers for any injuries that result, with very limited exceptions. The workers must report their injuries to their supervisors, and this will begin the process.

Most workers do not realize that they are unable to visit their own physicians for medical treatment. Employers are required to list doctors who will examine the workers and decide on a treatment path. This can sometimes lead to questions about the care being provided by these physicians, as the doctors are representing the interests of the employer and workers' compensation insurers.

All medical expenses for procedures provided by these doctors related to the injury on the job should be covered under workers' compensation. Injured workers should not have to pay these expenses as long as they are complying with all of the state's requirements. Benefits will also be provided to those individuals who miss time from work if they have an excuse from the doctor. If the injuries result in permanent disabilities, compensation will provided for these conditions as well.

Some workers may sustain injuries that develop over time. These can be extremely difficult to connect to occupational duties, and many employers may challenge these requests for benefits. This can be very frustrating, as these employees may feel that they have no choice but to deal with the pain that they are suffering.

The workers' compensation system is very complex, and it is important that you work with someone who understands what you need to do after an accident or injury happens. You may have many questions about the process, and you should discuss your specific situation with someone who is protecting your best interests throughout the process.

You should speak to an experienced workers' compensation attorney about your specific situation. In many cases, employers and their physicians may try to get individuals back to work before injuries have fully healed, which can result in serious long-term health problems. An attorney can help you determine if you are getting the care you deserve, and also ensure that you are not forced to return to work before you are completely recovered from your injuries.



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