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How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?

If you have been injured or became sick on the job in Georgia, you are probably now considering your options. One of the top questions you will be faced with is how to file a workers’ compensation claim.

According to Georgia.gov, workers’ compensation may provide you with supplemental income, medical benefits and rehabilitation support to get you back on your feet and back to work. If the incident in question was fatal, then dependents may be able to claim benefits on the deceased’s behalf. Here are some quick guidelines to get you started.

1. Report the incident immediately

If you have been hurt on the job, do not delay. Report the incident immediately to your supervisor or manager and check with company policy to ensure the proper protocol is followed. This may include submitting a report, or a supervisor or manager submitting a report on your behalf.

2. Complete Form WC-14

To file a claim with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, you will need to complete Form WC-14. Be sure to fill out the form correctly. Once you have completed the form, send it to the SBWC. You should also provide your employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier with a copy for its records.

3. Follow up

When you are injured, the last thing on your mind is likely to be paperwork. However, it is important to keep following up with your employer and even the SBWC, if you do not receive a response in time.

Waiting more than a month to report an injury may cause you to lose the benefits you might have otherwise received. Because of this, if you have been injured on the job, it is important to act swiftly.

This information is provided only as an informational guide on how to file a workers’ compensation claim and is not intended as legal advice.

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