Southern Company was recently named one of the World’s Best Employers by Forbes. One of the ways that huge companies like Southern Co ensure that it is providing the best resources for its employees is by confirming that those employees know how to get medical care and other workers’ compensation benefits when they have been injured on the job.
Hopefully your supervisor or manager has already had this conversation with you. If not, you can use this quick article to learn what you need to know about workers’ compensation if you were hurt as a Southern Co employee or while employed by many of their subsidiaries, including Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear, and Southern Company Gas.
How do I report my work injury?
The first step in any workers’ compensation situation is to get medical care if it’s an emergency. If it isn’t, then your first step should be to talk to your supervisor or manager about your injury. You’ll need to make a report with your employer regarding the incident.
This report often includes actually writing out answers to standard questions on a form, but your supervisor may also ask you these questions and fill out this form on your behalf as well. Various departments may have a different approach to completing the accident report. Regardless of how the form is completed, it’s a good idea to request a copy of the form for your records.
If you are injured while running errands or driving for Southern Co, call the police so that they can make a report regarding the accident. You can then provide this report to your employer (and keep a copy for yourself).
If you have trouble reporting your injury, you have other options that you can use. One such option is to communicate your injury in writing, such as through a letter. Be sure to include the date the injury occurred and a general description of what happened. You should also explicitly state that you are requesting medical care for your work injury. You may also want to note who you talked to about the work injury before providing the letter as well.
In addition to this letter, you might want to do some additional follow up if your manager or supervisor is taking active steps to stop you from reporting your work comp claim. John Foy & Associates can help you through this process.
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What benefits are available to me as an injured worker at Southern Co?
Regardless of where you work, injured workers are entitled to many of the same benefits under Georgia workers’ compensation laws. These include:
- Medical care, Including appointments, surgery, and follow up treatment
- Lost wage benefits
- Compensation for permanent impairment
When a worker is killed on the job, their family may also be entitled to receive death benefits as well.
I need help. What should I do?
Give us a call. You never have to work through your workers’ compensation claim alone. We can walk you through every step of the way—and we have nearly 20 years of experience doing it. Fill out the form to your right or call us at 404-400-4000 to get your FREE consultation today.