Smith Wallis & Scott June 2019

JUNE 2019

LEGAL INJURY GUIDE

327 Bankhead Hwy, Carrollton, GA 30117 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION | PERSONAL INJURY | SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

THE 2 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO IF YOU’RE INJURED ON THE JOB

In order to prevent this from happening there are two important things a Georgia worker injured on the job needs to do.

1. Report an injury as soon as it happens.

Always report an injury as soon as it happens. The longer you wait to report it, the harder it is to prove that it’s connected to your job. When you wait to report an injury, the likelihood that a judge will determine the injury happened at home while you were playing with your kids or while you were unpacking boxes in your garage greatly increases.

It’s been a busy couple of months for me! In addition to work, my wife, Katie, and I are expecting our second baby girl next month. Katie is doing well, and our 2 year old, Polly, couldn’t be more excited to have a baby sister. We’re all looking forward to the arrival of this little one. It’s going to be a fun summer! With the warmer weather comes more construction, landscaping, and other outdoor crews working on job sites. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in the likelihood of injuries on the job. Too often, I talk to injured workers who don’t get the help they need. Sometimes they’re not sure about where to turn, which can lead to bad decisions. I’ve had many cases where a worker pulls something on the job, but they don’t feel it warrants reporting. Maybe they visit a doctor, but it’s not through a workers’ compensation claim. A couple weeks go by, maybe another month, and all of a sudden, the slightest movement causes the injured person’s body to give out. The worker’s medical records show they’ve been hurting from the injury for weeks, but they don’t mention anything about a work injury. Even if it happened on the job, the records don’t read that way. The judge will rule it as a preexisting condition, and the worker won’t be able to get coverage for the injury.

Even if you think something is minor, it is always safer to report it.

2. Find the right doctor to treat your injury.

Once you’ve reported your injury at work, there is a preapproved panel of doctors you can receive treatment from. All employers are required to have a panel of which doctors are allowed to treat a workers’ comp injury. If you are injured on the job, it’s important to hire an attorney familiar with the preapproved doctors, as the success of your claim can heavily depend on the doctors you treat with. An attorney can guide you to the doctor who will treat you best, rather than one who wants to rush you back to work. Our experience with these doctors will get you to the best doctors, so you can get the proper treatment and the best outcome in your case. If you have any questions about workers’ comp injuries, please reach out to me. I’ve helped many workers in this area, and I want to continue to help our Georgia workers stay safe and healthy.

–Joseph Brown

1 (770) 214-2500

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