June 20, 2013
The Coca-Cola Company is an American icon in our culture. However, sometimes its workers are injured while on the job. Over the past years, the Ramos Law Firm has represented employees working in Atlanta and other cities around the state of Georgia. In representing these injured workers, we have compiled a short list of things to do if you are hurt on the job:
- Report it to your supervisor. This is very important. Even if it is a small injury, tell your supervisor. Telling your co-worker is not enough. You must tell someone who is in a supervisory position as soon as possible. It is best to inform your supervisor as soon as it happens. If you don’t report it that same day, do it as soon as you can.
- Fill out the written report. Don’t brush this off. The written report may be very important should the supervisor forget that you told him or her. You know how busy the Coca-Cola plants get. Makes sure the report is done and it is accurate!
- Seek medical attention. Some injuries are minor and will likely get better on their own. However, some start out as a minor strain or sprain but may snowball to a surgical situation. Remember, your health is very important and should be your top priority. Coca-Cola has pre-approved doctors ready to see you if you get injured. This treatment should not cost you anything. Coca-Cola is required to provide medical treatment to injured workers and employees. Note: Going to your family doctor may not be approved unless your supervisor or HR representative authorized it. If you get authorization, it would be best to get it in writing. In some cases, you may need to go to the Emergency Room. If it is an emergency, don’t wait, go get treatment. Again, your health is top priority.
- Understand your medical limitations. After you see the doctor, he or she may give you some physical restrictions. Please follow them as this will allow your body to heal.
- Get your medications filled and write down your mileage. If your authorized doctor prescribed medication for you, get them. It should not cost you anything to get them filled. Coca-Cola should pay for them. You should not pay a “co-pay” or come out of pocket any money. If you drive your car to the doctor, the pharmacist, physical therapy, or any other medical appointment as a result of your workers’ compensation injury, you are entitled to mileage reimbursement at a certain rate. Record the mileage.
- Keep copies of everything. Many times documentation will be crucial. Secure a copy of your medical records, incident report, etc.
- Avoid recorded interviews. The insurance company may insist on you providing them with a recorded statement. When this happens, you may want to call our office at 404-355-3431.
This short list is really just the tip of the iceberg. If you need assistance and would like a free consultation with an attorney, please call our office.