If you were hurt on the job in Georgia, the time you have to file a workers' compensation claim is limited—and if you wait too long, you could be barred from receiving the benefits you otherwise may have deserved.
Don't let this happen to you. Act quickly to protect your right to recovery.
Georgia law requires injured workers to notify their employer of an injury within 30 days.
However, it's best to report your injury as soon as possible.
How long you have to file a claim is determined by the state's statute of limitation laws. In most cases, you have just one year from the date the injury was discovered to file a claim for workers' compensation wage benefits. There are some notable exceptions. For example:
- If you're receiving medical treatment provided by your employer's workers' comp insurer, you have until one year following your last employer provided medical appointment to file your claim.
- If you have received weekly temporary total disability (TTD) or temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits, you have two years from the date your benefits stop to file a claim for a resumption of your income benefits if you have experienced a change in condition for the worse.
- Once you are no longer receiving TTD or TPD, you have four years following the last payment to file a claim for permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits.
Filing your claim means that you will need to complete a Board Form WC-14 and file it with the State Board of Workers' Compensation. You should send copies of this form to all of the parties in the claim, including your employer and their workers' compensation insurer.
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After sustaining a workplace injury, it pays to speak to an experienced Georgia workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. At Rechtman & Spevak, our attorneys have helped countless injured workers obtain the benefits they deserve.
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