There Are Specific Rules For Workplace Hernias
Hernia injuries are treated differently under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. In fact, there is a specific code section pertaining to hernias. Generally speaking, O.C.G.A. Sec. 34-9-266 requires the following five elements for a hernia injury to be compensable under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act:
- there was an injury resulting in hernia
- the hernia appeared suddenly
- the hernia was accompanied by pain
- the hernia immediately followed an accident, and
- the hernia did not exist prior to the accident for which compensation is claimed
If you experienced what you believe is a hernia injury, it is important to get to the doctor immediately. You will need surgery eventually.
You should tell your supervisor of the accident as soon as possible. The longer you wait to tell your supervisor and seek medical care, the greater the likelihood your employer or its insurance company will deny or contest your claim.
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer from The Law Office of Bryan S. Hawkins can ensure your hernia claim is handled properly and walk you through the appeals process if your claim is initially denied.