What to Do After a Work Injury

Not every work injury is obvious. The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands how to help you navigate a workers’ compensation claim.

Being out of work due to a job-related injury or illness, entitles you to Workmans’ Compensation benefits.

Common and Challenging Types of Workers’ Comp Injury

Workplace injuries or illnesses that often require workers’ compensation claims and coverage include:

Physical Injury

Pertains to any bodily injury. It could result from an accident at the workplace or while traveling for work, the negligence of a third-party, equipment malfunction, or environmental conditions.

  • Burns and injuries suffered in fires and explosions
  • Spinal and brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Falls
  • Internal or external chemical burns
  • Poisoning
  • Fractures
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Eye injuries, blindness

Repetitive Injury

A repetitive injury is the result of accumulated physical damage due to performing on the job. The injury occurs from wear and tear at the workplace that results in physical trauma over time. It is recommended to report a repetitive injury as soon as you need to seek medical attention for it.

  • Back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis and golf elbow
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Hearing problems

Illness & Disease

An occupational disease is one that is acquired because of your job such as lung diseases (ex. Asbestosis) from work environments and hazardous work-related materials, or disease contracted because your work in a hospital.

  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Nuclear radiation exposure
  • Asbestos exposure and other job-related diseases

Hard-to-Prove Workplace Injuries

  • Mental and emotional issues from extreme or unusual work conditions or from an ongoing work injury.
  • Work-induced heart attacks
  • Work-related strokes
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Work-Related Death

If you lost a loved one form a workplace injury or accident you may be entitled to death benefits under The Georgia Workmans’ Compensation Act.

The results of a workplace injury and potential permanent disability can be life altering, as can a work related deaths or illnesses. You have the right to compensation and medical treatment under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act.

The injured workers attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC can help. We’ll answer your claims or benefits questions in a free consultation. It costs you nothing to call us (912) 264-6465 and find out where you and your family stand.

How to Proceed After a Work Injury

Report the Injury:

When you are hurt on the job, it is critical that you report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, but no longer than 30 days after the accident.

Seek Medical Attention:

Your employer should direct you to a physician who will evaluate the extent of your injuries. If your employer does not schedule an appointment for medical treatment, you should immediately obtain medical treatment and an evaluation of your condition from a medical doctor so that you begin documenting the extent and severity of your injury.

Be a Responsible Patient:

Follow all of your doctor’s treatment advice. If you do not understand a treatment protocol, just ask. Be honest about the nature and extent of your injury with your doctor. (Fraudulent claims are taken very seriously and a false statement may result in criminal prosecution.)

Protect Yourself From a Dispute:

Do not feel compelled to volunteer information that does not have anything to do with your injury. For example, if you are dealing with lower back pain from a fall that occurred last week, there is no reason to tell your doctor that you had lower back pain for a two week period ten years ago when you have not experienced continuing back pain.

Get a Second Opinion:

Although you must be completely honest, remember that your employer likely has an ongoing relationship with the physician that they are sending you to. Given this relationship, depending upon the severity and extent of your injuries, it often makes sense to attempt to obtain a second opinion or independent medical opinion.

Maintain Good Records:

Track important dates related to your injury, such as injury occurrence, date of report, conversations regarding your injury. Keep all receipts for medical treatment, medications, any travel related expenses including miles driven to see your doctor and any other costs related to your injury so that you will be fully reimbursed if your comp claim is approved by the insurance carrier.

NEXT STEPS: File a Worker’s Comp Claim

The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands the impact that a work related injury or death has upon you and your loved ones. The most important thing you need to focus on is a speedy recovery. You need an advocate who will seek justice on your behalf.

Contact one of the workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. (912) 264-6465. You may also reach us by completing the confidential case evaluation form at the top right of this page.

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