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What are your responsibilities if you have been injured at work?

When you are hired to work for your employer in Georgia, chances are you will be given materials that discuss how your workers’ compensation benefits will function in a situation where you receive an injury or illness at work. It is imperative that you read through these materials and ask any questions you may have so you can be clear on what to expect if you ever end up in a situation where you must rely on those benefits.

If you have been injured at work, the first thing you should do is receive the necessary medical treatment. Often, this is something you will do at your nearest emergency room. According to the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, your supervisor should report the injury to the appropriate party to begin the process of getting you the benefits and compensation you are entitled to. As such, it is essential that you accurately and in detail, report the incident to your supervisor.

For each subsequent visit to your doctor, therapist or any other medical professional, you should be in contact with your supervisor. You may be required to provide information about treatments, recovery progress and additional feedback you may have received. Sharing this information with your supervisor and keeping him or her up-to-date will help guarantee that you can return to work as soon as possible without any restrictions. When you are cleared to return to work, you will need to sign a form from the human resources department that verifies that you have been permitted to resume your work responsibilities.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.