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Why should injured workers act quickly?

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Navigating the aftermath of a workplace injury can be overwhelming, but understanding the workers’ compensation process in Georgia is crucial for protecting your rights and ensuring you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. The key to a successful claim is timeliness in reporting your injury and filing for workers’ compensation.

Why is immediate reporting so important?

The moment an injury occurs on the job, the clock starts ticking. In Georgia, you must report the injury to your employer within 30 days. You should make this report to your supervisor, manager, or designated individual within your company.

Once you have reported your injury, the next step is to file a workers’ compensation claim. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is one year from the date of your injury.

These deadlines are not only important for legal reasons. Promptly reporting your injuries and filing a claim can benefit you in a variety of ways:

  • Protecting your health – Early reporting ensures that you receive the necessary medical treatment as soon as possible, which can significantly affect your recovery.
  • Fully documenting your injuries – Over time, evidence can become more challenging to collect, and witness memories may fade. Early reporting helps to accurately document the circumstances surrounding your injury, which is vital for your workers’ compensation claim.
  • Avoiding delays in benefits – Delays can lead to financial strain, especially if you are unable to work. The sooner you file, the sooner you may start receiving benefits.
  • Minimizing disputes – Early filing can also minimize the chances of disputes with your employer or their insurance company, as the details of the incident are fresh and more likely to be undisputed.

An Important Reminder

When filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, you or your attorney must file a WC-14 claim form with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation through their website called ICMS.  You have to file your claim form within

  • One year of your date of injury,
  • One year from when you had to stop working after being injured.
  • Or one year from when your employer last paid for your medical treatment related to your work injury.

The deadline is whichever of the 3 things comes later.

Time is of the essence when dealing with workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims. This is not just about meeting legal requirements; It is about safeguarding your health, your rights, and your financial well-being. By understanding your rights after a workplace injury and acting quickly, you can ensure that you have the benefits you deserve to support your recovery.


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