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I Was Injured at Work, What are My Rights?

In Georgia and in every state in our country, employers are required to provide their employees a reasonably safe and healthy work environment. However, despite putting forth every effort to make the workplace safe, accidents and injuries still occur.

Fortunately, all states have some form of system which helps workers with injuries on the job. If you get harmed in the workplace, the next step you can take is to protect your rights to file a workers’ compensation claim.

What are My Rights?

Workers’ compensation may provide you with medical benefits, rehabilitation services, and supplemental income if you suffer an injury or become ill due to a workplace accident. The purpose of these benefits is to help you return to work. If you wait more than a month to report the injury, you may lose the opportunity to obtain benefits. In the event of your death, your dependents may also be eligible to claim benefits.

The following are several legal rights that are common in Georgia and the rest of the United States:

  • You have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for your injury or illness.
  • You have the right to visit a doctor and receive medical treatment.
  • If you are released to return to work by your doctor, you have the right to return to your job.
  • If you disagree with any decision by your employer, the employer’s insurance carrier, or the workers’ compensation court, you have the right to appeal the decision.
  • You have the right to an attorney throughout the process.

In some instances, a workplace injury is caused by the negligent actions of a third party, such as a manufacturer of a defective product or the conduct of a contractor from another company. If you are injured on the job due to another party’s negligence, you have the right to file a “third party claim,” which is a form of a civil lawsuit. These type of lawsuits for work-related injuries can often seek additional personal injury damages which are not recoverable in a workers’ compensation claim, such as pain and suffering.

If you have been injured at the workplace in Georgia, request a free consultation with our Woodstock workers’ comp attorneys at The Warlick Firm, PC Attorneys at Law today.