On the one hand, workers’ compensation is a very basic benefit. Almost everyone employed in Georgia has the protection of this critical form of insurance. On the other hand, there is an entire bureaucratic system built up around workers’ compensation claims and appeals.
Navigating the system is harder than many people anticipate. Ensuring that you can get the benefits you need in a timely manner is the most compelling reason why you might want to work with an attorney to file your claim. There are plenty of additional compelling reasons as well.
A lawyer knows what forms to fill out and how to do it
The state of Georgia has quite a few specialized forms that play a role in the workers’ comp claim process. Some of these require specific information, and others may need to be submitted by a specific deadline. Minor mistakes can mean missing critical deadlines or meeting to appeal a rejected claim.
If things go wrong, your lawyer is your advocate
If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t receive an approval for your initial claim, you would probably want to work with an attorney for your appeal to increase your chances of success. Instead of needing to catch someone up on what has happened so far, if you need to appeal a decision not in your favor, you can leave all of the work to your attorney and just focus on your convalescence.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that your attorney will play the critical role of helping to educate you about your rights and the law. You could get manipulated into accepting less than you deserve if you don’t have someone who understands the system.
Our blog and website have many resources for those dealing with a workplace injury or illness. You can also contact us if you have questions about initiating your claim or appealing a denial. Call 912-289-0640 or contact us through our online form.