If you were hurt on the job, an Alpharetta worker’s compensation lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you secure benefits. Worker’s compensation plays an important role in allowing injured workers to make ends meet and pay for the care they need.
To learn if our team can help you with your claim, reach out to the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team today by calling (404) 888-8888. We will review your case for free and explain your options.
About Worker’s Compensation in Georgia
As outlined under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §34-9, Georgia’s worker’s compensation program serves to provide quick payments of medical expenses and partial income benefits following a workplace injury or work-related illness.
The statute does not require you to prove fault. While you may be able to build a fault-based personal injury suit against a third-party who caused your injury, in most cases, you cannot hold your employer or a coworker responsible outside of the worker’s compensation system.
Under state law, your employer likely has to offer worker’s compensation coverage if they have three or more workers, including part-time and full-time workers. You can file a claim if you:
- Suffered injuries in a workplace accident.
- Have chronic injuries your doctor linked to your work activities.
- Received a diagnosis of a work-related illness.
Your employer is required to pay for your worker’s compensation coverage if the law mandates that they provide it. In Georgia, worker’s compensation is administered through the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC). You can receive financial benefits and coverage of your related medical expenses if you sustain qualifying injuries.
To learn more about the worker’s compensation benefits for which you may qualify to receive following a job-site injury or illness, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. You can reach our team today at (404) 888-8888.
For a free legal consultation with a worker’s compensation lawyer serving Alpharetta, call (404) 888-8888
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers May Be Able to Pursue the Benefits You Need and Deserve
An Alpharetta worker’s compensation lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you navigate the claims process and possibly secure the benefits you need and deserve after an on-the-job injury or illness. While many injured workers manage this independently without legal help, there are common issues they encounter. This includes:
- Employers who fail to file the appropriate paperwork
- Employers or insurers who claim the injury is not work-related
- Refusal to pay expected medical or income benefits
- Denial of claims
Taking Steps to Protect Your Rights
It is imperative that you report your accident and injuries to your supervisor or an appropriate member of the human resources team at your job as soon as possible. We recommend doing this in writing when possible, even if your supervisor was the one who called the ambulance or witnessed your accident.
If you received a chronic injury or work-related illness diagnosis, report it to your employer immediately following your visit with your doctor. You may notify them over the phone when you call out of work, but follow it up with a written notice. It is also essential that you follow all of your doctor’s instructions for treatment and limited activities. Not reporting your injuries as soon as possible or failing to follow your treatment plan could jeopardize your potential benefits.
We will handle all communication and interaction with your employer, the insurance provider, the SBWC, and any other involved parties so you can focus on healing.
Learn More About What You Can Do
If you have run into issues getting the benefits you believe you deserve or your claim was denied, the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you understand your options for fighting for your worker’s compensation case. Dial (404) 888-8888 now to discuss your injuries and needs with our team.
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Recoverable Benefits in an Alpharetta Workplace Injury
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you get approved for benefits or calculate a fair settlement and recover a one-time payout from the worker’s compensation insurer.
Worker’s compensation coverage in Georgia provides benefits that include:
- Medical care, treatment, and related expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Income benefits
- Job training benefits
- Death and burial benefits if the job-related injury resulted in death.
Income benefits generally only begin on the eighth day following your injury. Per OCGA §34-9-220, you will get paid for the initial seven days if you miss more than three weeks (21 days) of work.
Meeting the Deadlines for Worker’s Compensation
While the general time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia is two years, different rules apply to claims when the injury occurs at work. You usually have up to only a year to file your claim and will need to take action sooner to get the medical care and income benefits that you deserve.
If you miss the deadline, you could have a difficult time getting approved for benefits, or not be allowed to pursue your worker’s compensation claim at all.
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Speak to a Member of Our Worker’s Compensation Team Today
An Alpharetta worker’s compensation lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight a denial or navigate the process to secure worker’s compensation benefits after encountering a problem with the claims process. We will review your case for free to determine if we can help.
We understand that securing funds for legal representation under such circumstances can be challenging. That is why we handle these cases on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you do not need to pay anything until we secure the financial benefits to which you are entitled.
Don’t hesitate to discuss your needs today with a member of the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers worker’s compensation team. Call (404) 888-8888 for your free case review.