Workers’ Compensation Time Limits
If your claim is denied, you should be notified of the reason for the denial. You have the right to request a hearing with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation if you disagree with the denial of your claim. A claim must be filed with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation within one year of the date of accident. For information or assistance from the Board, you may call or contact the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, 270 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1299 (toll free – 1-800-533-0682 or in Atlanta – 404-656-3818). You can also check out their website at http://sbwc.georgia.gov/
If you received remedial treatment from your employer or their insurer for your injury, you have one year from the date of the last treatment to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you received weekly income benefits as a result of the on-the-job injury, you have two years from the date of the last payment of weekly benefits to file a claim with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
If you feel that you have an occupational disease claim, you have one year from the date you became aware of your disease or, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have known of the relationship between your disability and its relationship to your employment. No claim for an occupational disease may be filed after seven years from the last date you were exposed to the employment hazards related to your disease. However, for the diseases of asbestosis and mesothelioma related to the exposure to asbestos, you have one year from the date of first disablement after diagnosis of such disease to file a claim.
For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1985 but prior to July 1, 2007, any request for hearing for which no hearing is held for a period of five years shall stand dismissed.
For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2007, any claim filed with the State Board for which neither medical nor income benefits have been paid shall be effectively dismissed if no hearing has been held within five years of the date of accident.
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