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How long does it take to get workers’ compensation in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

When you get hurt at work, the consequences have a dual effect on your finances. Not only will you have medical expenses to think about, but you will also likely lose out on some of your wages. The worse your injury is, the bigger the financial impact.

Georgia’s workers’ compensation program helps protect employees across the state by covering them if they get hurt or fall ill because of their work. Most applicants who need workers’ compensation will have a very quick turnaround time on their claims.

You can submit a report to your employer the same day you get hurt and be able to trust that your emergency medical care will get covered. For those who face scrutiny or a claim denial, getting benefits can require a complicated appeals process. How long does it take to get workers’ compensation benefits during an appeal?

Georgia has rules to ensure timely resolution to compensation conflicts

When you need medical coverage and don’t have income, workers’ compensation insurance may be your only lifeline. You can’t afford to wait six months to resolve an issue that leaves you unemployed and unable to pay your bills. Thankfully, due to state rules, you won’t have to.

The rules in Georgia entitle you to a speedy hearing to resolve your issue. It must be at least 30 days after you file your hearing request. You should not have to wait more than 90 days after filing the necessary paperwork with the state to begin the appeals process. At the hearing, you can present evidence and build a case for your claim. You will have 20 days after the ruling if you need to appeal that decision as well.

Prompt action almost always benefits an applicant

If you need to appeal a claim, you technically have an entire year to do so. However, the longer you wait, the more debt you could have accrued before you start receiving benefits. Moving quickly while also prioritizing accuracy and thoroughness when appealing a workers’ compensation claim denial will set you up for success and help you avoid losing out on benefits due to lapsed deadlines.

When you’re hurt, you need to be able to trust the people helping you. When you contact Steven L. Morgan, P.C., you will work with the same person throughout your case. Instead of just being an anonymous numbered file, you will be a real person and treated as such. We’re ready to guide you through this process and help you get the benefits you deserve. Call 912-289-0640 or send an email.