Five Steps to Take If You Suffer a Brain Injury From a Work Accident in Georgia

Your whole life changed in an instant. An accident occurred that changed your work day from an ordinary one into one that left you with a traumatic brain injury. Now that the immediate emergency is over, you are left trying to regain control of your life and your recovery.

Five Steps to Take Toward Your Recovery after a Brain Injury

As you begin your recovery, it is important to:

  • Report your injury and fill out the required paperwork honestly. You have a limited time to report your injury. Georgia workers’ compensation law requires that you make the report immediately or as soon as possible after you are hurt.
  • Find the right doctor(s). You may be seeing a doctor chosen by your employer; however, if you have questions about your medical care, you should speak with your lawyer about finding a new doctor.
  • File with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim for medical benefits.
  • Take time off work as recommend by your doctor(s). You want to get back to work as soon as possible—and your employer and the workers’ compensation insurer probably agree. However, you could jeopardize your long-term recovery by going back to work too soon. Accordingly, it is important to listen to your doctor and to return to work when you have medical clearance to do so.
  • Fight for your fair recovery. Your employer and the workers’ compensation insurer are not going to provide you with a fair recovery unless you fight for it. Accordingly, it is important to know your rights and to stand up for your recovery of fair damages.

September is National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. This month, we encourage you to stand up for your rights if you’ve suffered a brain injury at work and to share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter to get the word out to others who may be suffering similar injuries.

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