When Can I Expect to Receive My Worker’s Compensation Benefits?

Beyond the physical pain that often follows a workplace injury, there is a great deal of financial stress as the reality sets in regarding mounting medical bills and lost wages. After all, more than 50% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. And those statistics aren’t solely relegated to hourly wage earners. In its Reality Check research series, Lending Club Corporation found that nearly 40% of Americans with annual incomes over $100,000 also live paycheck-to-paycheck. Add to that the fact that, on average, American workers miss eight days of work after being injured on the job. That’s a little over a week of work – which could take a major hit to any budget. Just imagine if you miss MORE that eight days. Fortunately, the State of Georgia and its laws regarding Worker’s Compensation are designed to protect you in the event of a workplace injury. The Edmonson Law Firm fully understands that time is of the essence for many households.

So… When Can I Expect My First Check?

You are entitled to weekly income benefits if you are unable to work for more than seven days. Your first check should be mailed to you within 21 days after the first day you missed work. Of course, to ensure that all of this happens according to schedule, it’s vital that you report your injury and file for Worker’s Compensation as soon as possible following the incident. When that first check arrives, you can expect to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, but not more than $675.00 per week. Depending on the extent of your injury and how long you are unable to work, you could receive those weekly income benefit checks for up to 400 weeks. That’s a little more than 7 1/2 years. 

When Will My Medical Bills Be Paid?

As far as your medical bills are concerned, it’s paramount that you visit a doctor on your company’s approved medical provider list. If the accident involves a trip to the Emergency Room, you will not have an opportunity to choose a doctor from the approved list initially, so be sure to let them know that this is a workplace injury. As soon as you know the contact information for your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company, share it with the billing department so they can submit medical bills directly to the insurance company. For medical visits before your Worker’s Compensation claim has been approved, the bills will come to you. Fortunately, many medical provider billing departments typically take several weeks to send you your first bill – giving you more time to have your claim approved before you ever have to sign a check. Of course, if your claim is denied, you will be responsible for payment. If that denial is overturned following an appeal, you will be reimbursed for those medical expenses.

What If My Benefit Check Doesn’t Arrive on Time or My Claim is Denied?

If you have not received your weekly income benefits in a timely manner or your claim is initially denied, you’ll want to have an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney in your corner. Edmonson Law Firm can help you streamline the process and file for an appeal if you’ve been denied the benefits you are due. Call us at 678-271-9111, email us at info@elf-legal.com, fill out our secure online contact form or drop by our offices – located at 924 Gainesville Hwy Suite 200 in Buford to discuss your case. To learn more about the benefits of working with Georgia’s Hometown Law Firm, we invite you to visit us online at www.elf-legal.com.

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