Delta Airlines operates all over the world. But, if you are injured as a worker, you will generally use the workers’ compensation laws that are in effect in the state where you live. That means that Georgia-based flight attendants, crew members, and baggage handlers will follow Georgia law for their work injury claims. But, what does that mean? How do you start a workers’ compensation claim if you are injured at work?
The Basics of Workers’ Compensation in Georgia
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that Delta Airlines pays into to cover injuries, accidents, and illnesses that occur at work. The idea behind workers’ compensation benefits is that it provides you with the resources you need to get back to work as quickly as possible. These benefits include:
- Medical care and treatment
- Lost wage benefits while you cannot work
- Permanent wages benefits if you have a permanent loss of function or loss of earning capacity
Wage replacement benefits will start within seven days of your first day away from work. But, you won’t get wage replacement for the first seven days unless you’re out of work for at least 21 days.
Workers’ compensation provides fast, sometimes immediate, benefits to workers. This is unlike a traditional personal injury case, like a slip and fall or car accident, because getting benefits in those situations can take several months or even several years in some circumstances. But, these quick benefits come at a price—when you are injured at work, your damages could be significantly less, particularly because work comp doesn’t compensate you for pain and suffering.
How do I start a workers’ compensation claim against Delta Airlines?
Most workers’ compensation claims start by reporting your accident or injury to your employer, usually an immediate supervisor or manager. You may need to fill out some paperwork to give some basic details about the injury, including:
- The time and date that it occurred
- The location where you were injured
- The body part(s) that were harmed
- A general description of what happened
- Any information regarding people who witnessed the injury
If you don’t have to fill out paperwork, then your supervisor will likely ask these general questions and make a report on your behalf. It’s a good idea to ask for a copy of the report for your records.
You should then get more information about how to get medical care. You can pick from at least six doctors in Georgia, and Delta should provide you with information on how to contact these people. In some cases, they may set up an appointment for you.
It’s crucial to attend these appointments and follow up as recommended by your doctor. Following the doctor’s orders will help you minimize the long-term effects of your injuries. But, if you feel like your doctor isn’t giving you proper care, you may have other options that John Foy & Associates can help you address as well.
Getting help with your workers’ comp case in Georgia
If you want to learn more about your options after a work injury, you can do so by making a phone call to John Foy & Associates. We can set up an appointment with you to examine the facts of your situation and help you determine 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.