Monday, January 5, 2009

HOW CAN I CHECK MY WORKERS COMP CASE IN GA?

Some times I receive a phone call asking "How can I check my workers compensation case in Georgia.” The Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation is a government run agency designed to process claims of injured workers. They are basically the repository where all forms are filed. They do not represent you, they do not help you.

The only information the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation has on you relates to what has been filed with them. For example, when a claim first starts off, there will be w form WC1 filed. If you change doctors with consent or have a hearing filed, they will have those forms on file as well. When your claim is closed, they will also have that information on file. Nobody at the Georgia State Board of Workers Comp will have any information about your medical care or other details about your case. Mostly it is up to you or your lawyer to inform you on what is going on with your workers comp case.

Some insurance companies will have a "nurse case manager" assigned to your case. However, please do not think they are on your side. They are paid by the insurance company and have one goal in mind; saving money for the insurance company. That is not the most important issue. The most important issue is getting you as well as possible after a job injury. The insurance company will not tell you all thebenefits you are entitled to. They will not tell you about your impairment rating, your right to change doctors, your entitlement to a treatment plan just to name a few. You have one body to last you the rest of your life.

If you have suffered a serious job injury, you need to protect your future ability to earn money. I strongly encourage you to seek legal help. The Keener Law Firm has nearly 20 years of experience representing injured workers. Call for a free case evaluation today. Even if you don't hire us, I encourage you to hire someone to represent you through the difficult area of the law known as Workers' Compensation.

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