Overexertion injuries are not merely a matter of inconvenience; they have the potential to shatter lives and jeopardize futures.
At Rechtman & Spevak, we understand the pain and frustration accompanying overexertion injuries. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of Georgia's workers' compensation system, ensuring you receive the support you deserve.
Understanding Overexertion Injuries
When employees push their bodies beyond their physical limits, overexertion injuries can manifest in diverse ways. Here are a few examples:
- Tendonitis. Overexertion can lead to inflammation of tendons, causing conditions like tendonitis, which commonly affects the shoulders, elbows, and knees.
- Herniated discs. Lifting or twisting with improper form can result in herniated discs, causing back pain and potential nerve compression.
- Rotator cuff injuries. Overexertion in the shoulders, often from lifting or repetitive arm movements, can lead to painful rotator cuff injuries.
- Stress fractures. Overexertion in weight-bearing activities can lead to stress fractures in bones, most commonly in the feet and shins.
- Heat-related illnesses. Overexertion in hot environments can cause heat-related illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Receiving Georgia Workers' Compensation Benefits
If you have sustained an overexertion injury while on the job in Georgia, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which can be instrumental in easing the burdens of medical expenses and lost wages during your recovery period. Here's how to file a Georgia worker's compensation claim:
- Report the injury promptly. Notify your employer about the injury as soon as possible. Georgia law requires you to report the injury within 30 days from the date it occurred or when you discovered it unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Seek medical attention. Get appropriate medical treatment for your injuries from an authorized workers' compensation health care provider. Your employer or their insurance company should have a list of approved health care providers you can visit.
- File a formal claim. Submit a WC-14 form to the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. This form initiates the formal claims process. You should also send copies of the form to your employer and your employer's insurance carrier.
- Follow medical advice. To maximize your available benefits, attend all medical appointments and follow the prescribed treatment plan.
- Consider legal representation. If your claim is denied or you believe your claim is not being handled fairly, consider seeking legal representation from an experienced Georgia workers' compensation attorney at Rechtman & Spevak. We can advocate for your rights and help you navigate the complexities of the process.