Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyers


Serving Injured Workers Over 33 Years

A work-related injury is a "good news-bad news" scenario. While any employee who suffers an injury on-the-job typically experiences physical challenges like excruciating pain and periods of disability, the Georgia workers' compensation system is designed, to provide a faster no-fault system for seeking financial relief and medical care. Workers' compensation benefits may include free medical care, short-term income replacement benefits and long-term disability when an injury victim suffers either partial or total disability. Our Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyers have prepared this blog to provide general information on the rights and remedies of those injured in a workplace accident or by an occupational illness.

Our firm has over 33 years of experienced handling both personal injury claims and workers' compensation claims. Depending on the facts of your case, sometimes we are able to pursue a personal injury claim against a third party in addition to a workers' compensation claim. This dual strategy can provide often provide for a much greater financial recovery, because greater damages are available in a personal injury claim or lawsuit are often greater than the benefits offered through the workers' compensation system in Georgia. Additionally, there are additional categories of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury claim, such as money for pain and suffering. If you or your family member has been injured while performing work-related tasks, we welcome your call 24/7 so that you can schedule a free initial consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). We also offer the option of contacting us by using our 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.


Attorneys Discuss Recent Decision Issued By The Georgia Supreme Court Concerning Willful Misconduct in the Workplace

April 02, 2017

On February 27, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court, in overruled the Appeals Court's decision Chandler Telecom, LLC v. Burdette, which had permitted an injured worker to recover for injuries suffered at work despite being injured during a dangerous job-related activity that his employer advised him not to perform. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the case and sent the matter back to the trial court for additional fact findings. The Court's opinion appears to weaken previous court precedent. People injured on the job should contact an experienced and knowledgeable Georgia workers' compensation attorney at Montlick & Associates to learn about their rights and options.

South Carolina Workplace Accident Leaves One Man Dead and Two Others Seriously Injured

February 13, 2017

Certain jobs by their very nature are more dangerous than others. Jobs that involve working at plants that utilize large and complex machinery can pose a greater risk of employees suffering injuries. Additionally, high temperatures are often used in the manufacturing process, and this can be an additional danger that employees are exposed to. A recent South Carolina workplace accident has left one 63-year-old man dead and two other workers injured, according to a local news report.

Most Common Accidents in the Workplace

December 31, 2016

The most recent numbers show that in 2009 there were 3,277,700 recordable, non-fatal accidents in private industry workplaces. Of those, nearly 52 percent involved sprains and strains, most often involving the back, and nearly a million of these injuries caused significant time away from work. If you add bruises, contusions, cuts, lacerations and fractures to the list, you have accounted for almost two-thirds of the accidents which lead to days away from work.

Pursuing Compensation for Heavy Machinery Accidents on Georgia Construction Sites

December 29, 2016

If you work in the construction industry, you understand that occupational hazards that can cause serious injury are a constant presence at construction projects. While compliance with safety rules, proper maintenance of equipment and vigilance can decrease the risk of enduring catastrophic injury or wrongful death, construction sites are inherently dangerous. Although there are many hazards on the typical Georgia construction site, heavy machinery poses a unique risk to operators and those on the ground.

Claims Arising From Roofing Fall Accidents in Georgia

December 12, 2016

Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss Claims Arising From Roofing Fall Accidents in Georgia

A man fell to his death while he was working on the roof of the a convention center. The roofer tragically lost his life after falling approximately fifty feet. His tragic death is a sobering reminder that construction jobs are dangerous jobs, especially roofing jobs, which place workers high above the ground much of the time.

Fatal Head Injuries Following Workplace Accident

November 20, 2016

Massachusetts Man Suffers Fatal Head Injuries Following Workplace Accident

Workplace accidents happen every day in our country. Whether a person works in an office setting, is a delivery driver, or has a job that requires manual labor, a workplace accident can occur that results in serious injuries or death. Such an incident, involving a Massachusetts man, occurred recently and resulted in fatal head trauma, according to a local news report. The man worked for a company that installs pavement markings and road signs and was fatally injured during his evening shift.

The worker was standing on a loading dock platform as a tractor trailer was backing into the loading bay. He lost his footing on the platform and fell between the loading dock and the bumper of the tractor-trailer. The man suffered severe head trauma and had significant bleeding. Paramedics were not able to save him, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer has not been criminally charged and had valid driver's licenses at the time of the accident. Both state police and the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident.

The Catastrophic Consequences of Workplace Injuries

No matter how a workplace accident occurs, the consequences can be significant and life-altering for many injured victims and their loved ones. Death of a relative can leave a family without a source of income, making a tragic situation even more difficult and painful.

In situations where workplace injuries do not result in death but instead in significant and often permanent injuries, the consequences can be devastating to both the worker and any loved ones who depend on that person. Such consequences include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Long-term or even life-long medical treatment, including frequent visits to the doctor, physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation;
• The need to permanently rely on someone else to complete life's daily tasks;
• Loss of income;
• Medical expenses that never seem to end; and
• The possibility that an injured worker may never be able to earn an income again.

Regardless of how severe an injury is, and whether or not that injury is permanent, the inability to work and make a living make life extremely difficult for family members and loved ones. Other family members may need to find other sources of income and may turn to government assistance to make ends meet. This may be especially true with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and head trauma. The inability to regain full cognitive, emotional, motor and other functions can permanently disable a person, drastically reducing their quality of life.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today For Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, it is important that you understand what your legal rights and options. Additionally, some workplace accidents can involve a negligent third party, resulting in potential personal injury claims. However, all situations are unique and must be evaluated.

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have more than thirty-two years of experience representing the rights and interests of injured individuals from all across Georgia. Whether you have been injured on the job, in a car accident, or any other type of accident involving personal injuries, our Georgia Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorneys fight hard for our clients to obtain for them the compensation they deserve under the law.

To schedule your free consultation, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333). You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20161101/wareham-man-killed-in-workplace-accident

 

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Explosion Risks on Construction Sites

October 10, 2016

Georgia Construction Accident Lawyers Discuss Explosion Risks on Construction Sites

Construction projects are extremely hazardous and pose serious dangers to construction workers, visitors to construction sites, and even passing drivers of sites. While there are a multitude of dangers that lurk on a typical construction project, explosions pose a particularly serious risk of causing catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Despite extensive state and federal regulation of construction sites, there are many explosive and flammable substances that may result in extremely dangerous explosions.

Repetitive Stress Injuries and Georgia Worker’s Compensation

September 19, 2016

Georgia Workers' Compensation Lawyers Discuss Repetitive Stress Injuries

Georgia employees might recognize that they have a right to pursue a workers' compensation claim for medical care and partial wage replacement when they suffer an on-the-job injury. While the process might seem straightforward, there are many procedural, evidentiary, and substantive complications that can disrupt, compromise, or completely derail a claim. While most people think of workplace injuries as involving the consequences of a sudden mishap such as a motor vehicle collision, fall from a scaffolding, or malfunction of heavy equipment, many job-related injuries are not so immediate and clear. When a person suffers a broken arm in a fall, the cause of injury and the adverse health impacts frequently are fairly apparent. However, injuries that occur over a protracted period pose a more significant challenge when pursuing a workers' compensation claim.

The Myth of Extensive Worker's Compensation Fraud by Claimants

September 18, 2016

Georgia Worker's Compensation Lawyers Examine The Myth of Extensive Worker's Compensation Fraud by Claimants

The insurance industry, employers, and others with a vested interest in discouraging workers' compensation claims and reducing the amount of payouts have perpetrated the widespread myth that the system is inundated with fraudulent claims. This myth is based on isolated anecdotal incidents with little effort to identify the actual scope of the issue. Although there are isolated cases of employees faking or exaggerating injuries, as well as other examples of illegitimate claims, experts generally recognize that the amount of fraud by claimants is infinitesimal. The rate of workers' compensation fraud involving employees is considered to be about one percent or less. Ironically, workers' compensation fraud committed by employers is far more extensive but almost never discussed in the media. In this blog article, our Atlanta workers' compensation lawyers generally discuss the existence of employer fraud and provide common examples.

Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia Workers' Compensation Claims

September 09, 2016

If you suffer a workplace injury, the experience can be stressful and debilitating. Many people are aware that the Georgia worker's compensation system provides benefits for on-the-job injuries, but they are unclear about how the program works. Anxiety associated with these unanswered questions can mount while you are missing work. Your mortgage, utilities, and other expenses do not disappear because you are suffering from a job-related disability. The process of dealing with a workplace injury can be less daunting if you understand your legal rights and the worker's compensation system. In this article post, our Atlanta worker's compensation lawyers answer frequently asked questions about what "no-fault" means in the context of a worker's compensation claim.

The Risk Confined Space Accidents To Georgia Workers

September 08, 2016

Construction projects are chaotic worksites with many different types of equipment, business entities, and dangerous hazards. There are dozens of unsafe conditions that can result in serious injury or even wrongful death on a construction site. Confined spaces constitute one of the most dangerous types of construction worksite hazards. Confined space accidents on a construction site often cause permanent life-altering injuries resulting from electrocution, exposure to toxic substances, explosions, and other potentially dangerous hazards. In this article, our workers' compensation and injury lawyers provide important information workers in the construction trades should know about confined space accidents.

Forsyth Man Dies Following Workplace Accident at Monroe County Wastewater Treatment Plant

August 24, 2016

A recent workplace accident left one Forsyth man with fatal injuries, tragically losing his life shortly after arriving at a nearby Macon hospital. According to a news report, as the worker was sawing pipes in a ditch at a wastewater treatment plant, as he had done thousands of times before, a chop saw gashed the worker's neck. Additional details about how and why the incident happened are not currently available, and a more extensive investigation should shed light on how this workplace accident occurred. Perhaps it was a freak accident that was not necessarily preventable, or perhaps there was machinery that was malfunctioning, among many other possibilities. An investigation should help to answer these questions to rule out certain causes of the accident.

The Importance of Fall Protection for Workers

April 08, 2016

Falls are a serious hazard for employees in the construction and related industries. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,251 workers died on the job in the year 2014. Of these deaths, 20.5 percent were in construction. Moreover, falls were the leading cause of construction accident deaths, accounting for 40 percent of all construction site fatalities. Fall protection is federally mandated to protect workers who will be working from heights that could result in injury. All employers must provide fall protection as needed, but sometimes employers do not meet federal guidelines and accidents can result.

Construction Site Accident FAQs

April 06, 2016

Construction site accidents occur far too often in Georgia and the rest of the country. In fact, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,251 workers were tragically killed in the year 2014, 20.5 percent of which were in construction. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our compassionate attorney team has represented thousands of injured construction workers. We offer the following list of frequently asked questions, intended to provide you with a brief overview of construction site accidents. For assistance with your individual needs, contact our office for your free consultation.

Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss Construction Accidents

March 02, 2016

The construction industry is notoriously dangerous. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that worker fatalities are highest in the construction industry. Close to 900 construction employees are killed each year. The majority of these deaths happen due to falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects, and being stuck in between objects. Construction accidents can occur at any point, but are especially likely to happen if safety in the workplace is compromised. Construction accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, and potentially even death. Some injuries could sadly be long term or permanent, including paralysis or loss of cognitive function.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Basics

February 28, 2016

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, which could cover your medical expenses, part of your lost wages, and more. Workers' compensation benefits are available for most injured workers, but it can be hard to obtain the full benefits to which you are entitled. The following is a look at some basic information concerning workers' compensation in Georgia.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Workers’ Compensation in Georgia

February 14, 2016

Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome impacts over eight million people each year. This disorder is associated with damage to the nerves in the wrist and commonly develops in office workers and other types of employees whose jobs require repetitive hand and arm motions. The carpal tunnel affected by the disorder is a small passageway in the wrist that is lined by several small bones. Within this area, a ligament called the transverse carpal ligament stretches over the bones in order to protect the median nerve. The median nerve is an important nerve in the body that extends down the thumb and across the fingers.

Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorneys Answer: Is Your Injury or Illness Work Related?

January 25, 2016

In order to receive workers' compensation benefits in Georgia, an injured employee must prove that the injury or illness is work related. Generally, if you are an employee performing a work task for the benefit of your employer and you become injured or ill, the injury or illness will be considered work related. Injured employees can receive workers' compensation benefits if their injuries are work related and they meet other necessary requirements.

Can I Sue My Employer In Georgia for a Workplace Injury?

January 05, 2016

The rights of an employee who is injured on-the-job to pursue a personal lawsuit is a common issue that the Worker's Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates address for clients. Generally, a worker who is injured while engaged in work-related activities must pursue worker's compensation benefits rather than a lawsuit against an employer. Although there are exceptions to this general rule, these exceptions are fairly rare. While many people initially are disappointed to learn that they cannot sue their employer for a work injury, our experienced Atlanta worker's compensation lawyers strive to be the top workplace injury lawyers in Georgia by diligently pursuing all potential forms of recovery for our clients.

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