“I was injured on the job and I didn't report it, I didn't think it was serious. Now I'm really hurt. What can I do?” Hello. My name is Ty Wilson. I'm a Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney practicing law in the state of Georgia. And this is a question we get a lot. The short answer is you need to report the injury as soon as possible. The chances are the employer is going to treat you like something is up like something is crazy. They could potentially terminate you.
The reality is this, when you're injured on the job, you need to report that injury immediately to a supervisor or as quickly as possible. If you don't, you will be barred, meaning you cannot bring a claim after so much time. And so if you haven't provided notice to the employer of your injury and that you need medical care within 30 days, I can assure you that the employer and the insurance company will deny the claim, and force you to file a hearing. And the question is always going to be, when did you tell us? And why did you wait so long?
And we hear a lot of things like, well, I didn't want to lose my job. Well, if you're hurt to the point where it's becoming serious now, you're not going to be able to work a job you don't want to lose. And that doesn't really make a lot of sense. And so if it's a minor injury, you let it go, you're going to end up having to pay out of pocket. How do you know? Well, you don't. And that's the trick. If you don't know if it's serious or not, you need to report the injury. You need to seek the medical care. And if you feel like you've got questions, you need to reach out to a Georgia workers compensation attorney, someone that you can find that you trust and someone that you have as a sounding board. Am I doing this right? You're going to feel like you're blind running through the Woods, hoping you're not hitting a tree.
And so that's the benefit of getting a Georgia worker's compensation attorney involved in your claim. They can help walk you through the minefield. If it's a minor injury, get the treatment, get back to work. And don't worry about any type of settlement or resolution. The reality is any type of settlement or resolution in a workers compensation claim is not going to set you for life. They may buy you some time. It may give you some money for rainy days, but it will not set you for life.
And if you're gauging your decisions based upon, well, how will this affect my workers compensation claim? That's really not the right way. What you need to do is, you need to figure out what is the best way I can get back on my feet and get back to work and start making money for myself and my family. The workers compensation claim may or may not come into play with that, but it's not going to set you for life. Hope this information has been helpful and we'll see you on the next video.