The Process of Attaining Workers' Compensation

Augusta Workers' Compensation Attorney

After attaining an injury or illness while at work, it is common to feel frustrated and anxious, especially if said injury means you are unable to work for any amount of time. Not only are you facing possible medical bills which can be financial blows in and of themselves, but you also might lose wages paying for them—all at the hands of the very place that is meant to provide you with those means. Fortunately, state-mandated workers' compensation is designed to remedy these scenarios and provide you with the compensation necessary to cover any costs your job-related injury might create. Our credentialed and experienced workers' compensation lawyers in Augusta can help you understand the steps that you must take to recover the reimbursement you deserve.

What's next?

The steps you take after being injured on the job are crucial and have certain time restraints. Understanding these steps is essential to ensuring that you receive the rightful compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys at Turkheimer & Hadden can guide you through the process to help you get the medical attention you need without risking your finances.

Necessary steps for claiming workers' compensation after a job-related injury include:

  • Get medical attention
  • Notify your employer
  • Call a lawyer
  • Complete paperwork and compile evidence
  • Negotiate settlements in the case of lasting injuries
  • Ensure you are receiving all potential benefits

See Your Doctor

If you are injured on the job, it is important that you immediately see a doctor that you trust to assess the injury and complete a medical report. This will give you an idea of the possible ramifications of the injury and enable you to explain the situation to your employer with specificity and assertiveness. After notification, you will likely be referred to by a doctor that is recruited or paid for by your employer or its insurance company; they may be biased in their assessment of your injury toward minimizing workers' comp rates for your employer. Thus it is essential for you to have a complete understanding of your injury to avoid the reduction of its severity or its relation to your job by a referred doctor.

Notify Your Employer

In Georgia, you have 30 days to notify your employer after a work-related injury in order to be eligible to receive workers' compensation. The timeliness of this step is crucial to ensuring that you can receive any benefit that might cover your injury.

Call a Workers' Comp Attorney

Having our experienced workers' compensation lawyer in Augusta on your side can mean the difference between receiving the benefits that you deserve and being taken advantage of by an employer who knows the loopholes of the system. We at Turkheimer & Hadden have acute familiarity with the workers' compensation system to help ensure that your rights are upheld.

Paperwork and Evidence

Your employer will provide the necessary claim forms for you to fill out and will submit the paperwork to the proper insurance carrier. While it is the responsibility of your employer to provide and submit the paperwork, it is essential for you to ensure that all proper, relevant, and significant evidence is included. Insufficient medical and vocational evidence is one of the most common reasons a claim is denied. Our lawyers will work with you to help you compile all necessary evidence and give you the best chance at receiving your workers' compensation.

Negotiating Settlements

If the injury you sustained at your workplace is long-lasting, you will often have the opportunity to negotiate a settlement with your employer to ensure coverage for all future costs your injury may cause. As with any negotiations, having an aggressive attorney in your corner can work immensely in your favor. Attempting to reach a settlement on your own can result in you receiving less than you deserve.

Understand All Potential Benefits

A lawyer at Turkheimer & Hadden can help you understand if there are additional benefits you may have rights to claim. These benefits may include:

  • Personal injury suits to third parties
  • Rehabilitation assistance
  • Wage reimbursement
  • Long-term disability benefits
  • Short-term disability benefits
  • Social security disability

Take Action Immediately

With time limitations on filing for workers' compensation, it is crucial that you call an attorney as soon as possible to help you understand your options and the steps you should take to claim benefits. Our lawyers care about your case and are dedicated to ensuring that your future is not jeopardized by work-related injuries. Call us today for your free consultation!