Although the number of workplace injuries has fallen since 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the risk of injury or illness remains high for employees in air transportation, public sector construction, nursing homes, and some other jobs.
If you were injured while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of your injury, your employer could be held liable for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and benefits to your dependents.
Take these steps after a workplace injury to ensure your claim is properly established:
- Notify your employer of the injury in writing within 30 days of the accident. Delaying this step could eliminate the benefits you are owed in a workers’ compensation case.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Let your physician know the accident was sustained at the workplace or while on the job.
- Keep a detailed record of the accident, including the injury report you filed to the employer and medical records from treatment.
- Document the injury and site of accident with photographic evidence, if possible.
- Gather witness statements and collect names and phone numbers for future contact.
Employees seeking workers’ compensation benefits are given one year from the date of injury to file a claim. However, many injured employees lack the legal expertise to win their workers’ compensation case.
We firmly recommend the services of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys that know your rights and how they apply to your case. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, call us at 404.McAleer to talk with our legal experts:
- Are you unsure which information should be included in your workers’ compensation claim?
- Has your claim been denied or disputed by your employer?
- Have you neglected medical treatment due to cost?
- Are you dissatisfied with the quality of medical care you are receiving for your workplace injury?
- Has your injury prevented you from returning to work?
- Were you terminated after your workplace injury?
- Has your employer insisted you return to work, despite the inability to perform your job due to your injury?
- Did your employer promise workers’ compensation benefits, but never pay?
It is our job to know and understand the laws well and to fight for the rights of our clients.
If you were injured while on the job, your family may depend on the money you receive in a workers’ compensation case. Don’t take chances on your appeal and give McAleer Law a call to guarantee expert legal advice for your case.
About McAleer Law:
McAleer Law—Decatur, Georgia’s preeminent personal injury, worker’s compensation, and Social Security Disability firm—has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for more than ten years. Specializing in lost wage, medical expense, pain/suffering, lost quality of life, and psychological injury cases, founder Charles McAleer guarantees his clients personal attention, diligence, and unparalleled service quality. For more information on Charles McAleer and the McAleer Law Firm visit www.McAleerLaw.com, “like” McAleer Law on Facebook, or follow @McAleerLawFirm on Twitter.