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Sought emergency care? That's workers' compensation's bill

You tripped and fell at work, but you didn't think much of it at the time. Yes, you hit your head, and you felt a little dizzy, but you thought it would pass. Hours later, you go home and find your family pointing out that you aren't acting like yourself. They tell you to go to the emergency room after hearing about your workplace accident.

You headed to the emergency room and got the news that you had suffered a concussion. Now, you have to miss a week or two of work and need to have several more medical checkups. You think you have to cover this medical bill, too, since you didn't go to the doctor on your workers' compensation plan. Do you?

A false sense of safety in the health care industry

Nurses, orderlies and emergency medical technicians face the risk of injury each time they have to help a patient. One of the activities that can lead to an injury is having to lift the patient or support his or her weight.

Improper technique while you are handling patients can lead to serious back injuries. In most cases, these are musculoskeletal disorders, such as back injuries. The rate of these injuries for workers in the health care field is seven times more than the average for all industries.

Frequently asked questions about Georgia workers' compensation

There are a lot of questions that come to mind when you are injured at work. Because Georgia has a workers' compensation insurance program, almost all workers in the state are covered by this program.

Many misconceptions surround workers' compensation claims. Here are some of the common workers' compensation questions and their answers.

Losing a finger or two can be very traumatic

Think about how much you rely on your fingers to do daily tasks. Things like texting, holding a fork and driving your vehicle would be much more difficult or even impossible without fingers. Even though the thought might not be pleasant, think about what life would be like if you lost a finger or two.

People who work in the construction or manufacturing industries are at risk of having their fingers amputated. This type of traumatic amputation could lead you to file a workers' compensation claim, which might be beneficial if you have to take time off of work and need medical care. Here are some points to know about finger amputations:

The demands of nursing mean injuries are common

Nurses have very difficult jobs. Not only are they exposed to communicable diseases, they are also at risk of injury due to the nature of the job. It is sad to think that nurses might suffer harm simply for trying to help the patients under their care.

There are several things that nurses can do to try to remain free of injury while they are working. The burden doesn't fall fully on the nurses. It is up to the medical facility administration to provide nurses with training and equipment that can help them to remain safe.

Construction sites can be dangerous places

If you work as a construction worker, you know that danger lurks around every corner. This doesn't stop you from doing your job, but it should definitely make you think twice about everything thing you do.

A construction site accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Did you get fired from a job because of a workers' comp claim?

You work hard, for years, to build a career and support yourself. Then, one day, something goes wrong. Maybe you got startled when lifting something, causing a back injury. Maybe equipment malfunctioned, resulting in broken bones and soft tissue injuries. Whatever the situation, if you got hurt because of a workplace accident, you should be receiving workers' compensation. Unfortunately, some employers don't always comply with the law. They may refuse to submit accident reports and claims that have to do with your injuries. Sometimes they fire whoever asks for workers' compensation.

This kind of discrimination is illegal, but that doesn't stop it from happening. Workers who get hurt on the job should receive workers' compensation for their medical expenses and to offset lost wages while they recover. If your employer has fired you because you filed a workers' compensation claim, you still have options. Don't let an unscrupulous employer deny you benefits that your wages have contributed toward for years. If you suffered a workplace injury and got fired as a result, you need to push back and demand the medical and lost wage benefits you have earned through years of hard work.

Workers' comp is for more than just accident injuries

Many people think about workers' compensation benefits as coverage in case of an injury. This is one of the possible types of issues that can be covered under a workers' compensation claim. Other issues are also compensable as long as they meet the requirements for coverage.

If you have been injured because of your job, you should explore your right to workers' compensation benefits. There are a few different things that you should know as you embark upon your quest for benefits.

What is included in a consultative exam for disability benefits?

People in Georgia and across the nation who are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits need to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the medical evidence necessary to prove an impairment exists, rendering them unable to work. If the SSA finds that the evidence submitted from the applicant's medical source is insufficient for the SSA to decide whether the applicant has such an impairment, the SSA may ask the applicant to undergo a consultative exam.

After the consultative exam, a report will be created. The report will contain the applicant's chief medical complaints. It will also contain a detailed history of said complaints.

What work abilities are considered for SSD benefits?

Sometimes, a person in Atlanta suffers from a disability that does not fall under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "Listing of Impairments." Therefore, to determine what work activities the person can still do despite his or her disability, the SSA will determine what the person's "residual functional capacity."

In making such a determination, the SSA will examine the evidence the person provides in their application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The SSA will then decide whether, despite the person's limitations, the person is able to perform certain work activities.

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