Many Coca-Cola employees work shift work. That means that you are clocked in for long hours, sometimes both day and night. You may have frequent overtime and safety training that you have to go through that only adds to the time you spend away from family and friends. This type of lifestyles takes a toll on workers both physically and emotionally. Eventually, employee fatigue may lead to an on-the-job injury. Do you know what you should do if you’re hurt while working for Coca-Cola?
Workers Compensation and Coca-Cola Workers
Coca-Cola is a huge company that employs thousands of workers across the country. Coca-Cola is especially important to those in Georgia because the Coke headquarters is located right in Atlanta, Georgia. But, just because Coke is huge doesn’t mean that they are above the workers’ compensation laws in Georgia.
Workers at Coke have every right to get workers’ comp benefits if they are hurt on the job as any other type of employee. It may not seem like it because of the strong focus on safety and having an “injury free” workplace, however. Regardless of what your coworkers or supervisor tells you, you need to report your injury and get medical care if you need it.
Some of the most common injuries that occur at Coke plants and distribution centers include:
- Risk of explosion and breathing problems from improperly stored compressed gas
- Improper training related to equipment, including forklifts and conveyor-based machines
- Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries
- Damage related to repetitive movement
- Injuries from falls from a height or falling objects
- Injuries sustained while making deliveries, including problems with lifting and the potential for car accidents as well
These injuries could haunt you for the rest of your life, especially in cases that lead to chronic pain. It is essential to get medical attention right away to minimize the long-term impact that your accident may have on your life. But, in workers’ compensation, you need to get medical help in a certain way to ensure that Coke will pay for it—going to your family doctor may not be a good choice. So, what should you do instead?
What should I do if was hurt at work?
The first thing you should do is get emergency medical care if you need it. If you don’t have an emergency, then start by talking to your supervisor or manager about your injury. They will be able to help you get your claim started by doing two things:
- Filing out an accident report. Your accident report will describe how your injury occurred. It is critical to be thorough and truthful in this report, as it will become an exhibit in your work comp case if you have trouble getting the benefits you deserve. If you are injured while driving or while delivering outside of Coca-Cola’s property, call the police so they can make an accident report for you.
- Getting you connected with a Coke-approved doctor. Coke has the right to choose who you see for medical care to a certain extent. They will provide you with a list of no less than six doctors for you to use to get medical care. You can choose from that list who you would like to see. In most cases, you will be able to set the appointment during a time that works for you, but Coke may also set the appointment for you. Any time that you must take off work to go to the doctor for your work injury should be reimbursed, at least in part, by your employer.
If your manager or supervisor refused to help, you can often get medical care on your own. There should be a list of doctors available in a common location, such as in the break room. You can make an appointment yourself by contacting one of these doctors. But, it may be even more effective if you contact a workers’ compensation attorney to help you with your claim. John Foy & Associates is available to help you get the ball moving in your workers’ comp case against Coke.
Do you have a workers’ compensation case?
John Foy & Associates has been helping workers just like you for nearly 20 years. Let us examine your situation to determine whether you have a workers’ compensation case and provide some guidance on what you should do next. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.