Workers’ compensation benefits may seem untouchable when they begin to flow in for the first few weeks, but it is important to consult with a Atlanta workers compensation lawyer to make certain that as an injured individual, incapable of working, you are taking all steps necessary to keep your checks coming while you recover. In order for the checks to keep coming, make sure to abide by these few necessary suggestions (or, ignore them if you want to totally screw up your case):
- Do not go work for another employer while you are receiving checks from your old employer. Even if the new job requires little (or no) physical work, according to the law, taking it while on TTD is unacceptable.
- Do not make things difficult for your employer or your authorized medical physician, because this can compromise your benefits. This is not to say that you must agree to every recommendation for medical treatment, including surgery, given by your doctor. However, you must abide by the workers’ compensation laws when consulting with either of them.
- Always make sure to apply for your workers’ compensations claim as soon as possible, so that you do not lose your entitlement to benefits. In the state of Georgia, if you do not apply for benefits within a year of your accident, you will lose your right to benefits. Also, give notice to your employer of the injury within 30 days!
These are not the only ways to lose your right to temporary total disability benefits, hopefully these few tips will give you some idea of how to keep your claim alive while you heal from your injuries!