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What if you need medical treatment after a workplace accident?

If you've been injured in an on-the-job accident, reporting your injuries to your employer in a timely manner is crucial. In Georgia, if 30 days pass before you report your accident-related injury, you may be forced to forego benefits that can help pay medical bills and replace lost wages. Appropriate authorization and documentation from your employer is also important if you seek medical treatment in the aftermath of your accident.

Each year, thousands of people are injured at work. Many of them seek help through experienced guidance, something you, too, can do if you have particular accident-related issues you'd like to address.

Are you worried about finding a doctor?

Being hurt on the job can be a very frightening experience, especially if your injuries are serious. If you've been injured, you probably have questions regarding the process of filing a workers' compensation claim and you may even wonder how and where to turn for help if you need medical treatment. Typically, your employer is responsible for giving you a list of medical providers available in your area. He or she may also give you contact information for board-certified providers through a Workers' Compensation Managed Care Organization.

After your employer provides your authorized list of doctors, you may choose the doctor you'd like to see for diagnosis and treatment of your accident-related injuries. If you determine it is in your best interest to change doctors, you may choose a different doctor from your list - one time only - without your employer's approval. You can also take comfort in the fact that costs associated with your on-the-job injuries will be paid by your company's workers' compensation insurance carrier.

Are you wondering what costs are covered by benefits?

Costs covered by your workers' compensation benefits may include hospital bills, therapy, prescription medications, authorized doctor bills, travel expenses to and from doctor visits and more.

The length of time your medical benefits last depends on whether or not your workplace injuries occurred before or after June 30, 2013. This date marks a change in workers' compensation law, and injuries that occur on the job any time after this date may be limited to a 400-week window for medical treatment.

If you're uncertain about the duration of your benefits, it might be wise to schedule a meeting with an experienced attorney who has successfully guided other Georgia workers through a similar process. Seeking help may lower your stress levels by simplifying what can seem like a complicated situation and by providing support for you and your family while you receive the care you need and the benefits you deserve.

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