As a Georgia worker, you are entitled to a safe workplace free of known health and safety hazards. Yet workplace injuries take place every day in our state. In 2014 alone, over 80,000 nonfatal workplace injuries were reported in Georgia. The law requires that an employer whose business has three or more workers have workers’ compensation insurance - an accident insurance program paid by your employer. If this applies to you and you are injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive medical, wage and rehabilitation benefits, so it is important to know your rights.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand that Georgia workers are the backbone of the state’s economy. Our attorneys know that the workers’ compensation system can be confusing and time-consuming. An injured worker should not have to figure out how to get his benefits while trying to recover. Our workers’ compensation lawyers work hard every day to obtain each and every benefit due to clients injured on the job.
Report your injury immediately or as soon as possible to your supervisor, employer, or the person designated by your employer to handle on-the-job injuries. In Georgia, injured employees have a limited time to tell their employer about an injury. If you do not do so, you risk losing the right to receive benefits entirely. More information on reporting can be found here, and an attorney at Montlick & Associates can assist with questions about your case.
There are three basic types of benefits that it may be possible to receive:
Medical Benefits – your company’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier will pay for your authorized medical treatment if the treatment was for an on-the-job injury. This includes doctor bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, and necessary travel expenses
Wage benefits – Employees can receive a portion of their lost wages due to their injuries. These benefits are generally calculated as two-thirds of your weekly wage, with a cap of $575 in Georgia, as of July 1, 2016.
Disability benefits – if a worker suffers a permanent injury or fails to fully recover from an injury, disability benefits can be obtained. This depends on the extent of the injury and ability to return to work.
Despite the above, receipt of benefits is not always automatic. It is not unusual for a dispute to arise regarding the extent of an injury or entitlement to certain benefits. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will fight the insurance company on behalf of the worker when these disputes arise.
Although there are certain rules about when checks should be sent to a worker who has been injured, it is not unusual for checks to be delayed or a dispute arises about entitlement to wage benefits. Many injured workers need help in pushing the insurance company to get them the benefits they are due. Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help cut through the red tape and get your checks to you on time.
Each case is different, but if you are injured at work due to the actions of a person or company other than your employer, you may be able to seek compensation from that at-fault party(s) in addition to your claim workers’ compensation benefits. If this has happened to you, contact the attorneys at Montlick & Associates to find out what avenues of recovery may be open to you. In some situations, you may be entitled to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim as well as a third party claim for damages.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover a major portion of your losses. Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as there is a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. Montlick and Associates have assisted injured employees for over 33 years. We represent injured workers across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.