Steps To Filing A Workers' Comp Claim In Georgia

For more than 30 years, The Law Offices of Gary M. Kazin has helped workers in Georgia obtain the compensation they need following a workplace injury. We'll fight to get you restitution to pay for your medical bills, lost wages and related expenses. With offices in Atlanta and Decatur, we serve throughout the state.

But there are measures you can take to help your claim. Namely, if you were injured at your workplace, it is crucial that your workers' compensation claim be filed correctly so that you can receive the benefits to which you are entitled. Following these steps can help assure efficient processing of your request:

  • Step No. 1: Inform your employer about the injury. Do this as soon as possible following the harmful incident, but no more than 30 days after it occurred. Your employer will then give you forms to complete for your Georgia workers' compensation claim. You need to describe the nature and extent of your injuries. This is a crucial step to filing a claim in Georgia. This documentation is then sent to the insurance company that covers your employer.
  • Step No. 2: See a physician. If the need for emergency treatment has been addressed, your employer will provide a list of physicians. You should select a doctor from this list to provide follow-up care for your injury. If you wish to get a second opinion, your employer's insurance company must pay for a one-time visit to a physician of your choice.
  • Step No. 3: Notify the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. It will provide you with form WC-14. Complete it and return a copy to the board as well as to your employer and its insurance company.

It is important to note that under Georgia law, you must file your workers' compensation claim within the appropriate statute of limitations, which varies according to your type of injury. However, there are some general guidelines to use when determining how the statute applies to you. Typically, you must file within:

  • One year of the date of injury
  • One year of the date that your employer last provided remedial treatment
  • Two years of the last payment of weekly income benefits

Contact Me For More Information About The Workers' Compensation Process

If you need assistance at any point in the process of filing your Georgia workers' comp claim, contact The Law Offices of Gary M. Kazin. I have what it takes to get your claim in Georgia filed quickly and efficiently. Contact me at 404-913-8978 or 866-397-5116, or online, to discuss your case in a free consultation.