If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a gas explosion accident, you may face significant medical expenses and be unable to work during your recovery. Fortunately, if your injury happened on the job, you can recover some of your financial losses with a workers’ compensation claim.
An Athens, GA, gas explosions accident attorney with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
can help you apply for benefits or appeal a denied or underpaid claim. We can also assist you with taking legal action against a liable third party. We can tell you more about our services and your options for pursuing awards with a free consultation.
Recoverable Gas Explosions Accident Damages in Georgia
According to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC), Georgia businesses with three or more employees (including regular part-time employees) must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for workplace injuries. If you suffered burns, lung damage, or another gas explosions injury, you may qualify for:
- Medical benefits. As long as you seek treatment from an authorized physician, workers’ compensation will pay for your necessary medical treatment for up to 400 weeks (or until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI)). Coverage includes emergency transportation and services, hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, medical travel expenses, and more. If you sustained a catastrophic injury, you may qualify for lifetime benefits.
- Partial wage replacement. If you cannot work because of your injury (or you must reduce your hours or perform a lower-paying job), you can receive up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages (or two-thirds of the difference between your current and pre-injury wages). Benefits can last up to 400 weeks and cannot exceed $725 per week. If your injury is catastrophic, you could receive lifetime benefits.
- Death benefits. If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a gas explosion accident, their surviving spouse, dependent children, and dependent stepchildren can receive death benefits. Compensation may include the deceased’s medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and partial lost wages.
You usually cannot sue your employer if they carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, you can take legal action against a liable third party, such as a negligent property manager, equipment manufacturer, or subcontractor. In addition, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit allows you to recover compensation not available through a workers’ compensation claim, including:
- The total value of your lost wages, not just two-thirds
- Lost future earning capacity if you suffered a disabling injury
- Non-economic damages, including awards for scarring, disfigurement, physical pain, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and loss of enjoyment of life
- Personal property, including damages to your private vehicle, tools, equipment, or electronics
- Loss of your loved one’s advice, guidance, care, and companionship
For a free legal consultation with a gas explosion accidents lawyer serving Athens, call (404) 888-8888
Our Lawyers Will Establish Your Right to Compensation
You do not have to prove another party is liable for your injuries to receive workers’ compensation, but you must establish that your injury happened at work. You may also need to defend yourself against tactics the insurance company could use to deny or lower your claim. Once you become our client, our Athens gas explosions accident lawyer can:
- Prove your injury occurred during the “course and scope” of your employment
- Prove you suffered an injury requiring medical treatment
- Establish that your injury prevents you from working or performing your usual job
- Defend you against allegations of gross negligence, “horseplay,” drug or alcohol use, or other actions that could negate your right to workers’ compensation
- Obtain medical records, medical bills, pay stubs, accident reports, witness accounts, and expert testimony to support your claim
- Negotiate for the maximum possible settlement
You will need to show another party acted negligently, wrongfully, or recklessly to win compensation with a lawsuit. We can investigate your accident, identify liable parties, collect evidence, and represent you at trial if necessary.
We Will File Your Claim or Lawsuit Before Time Runs Out
There are some important deadlines you should be aware of when seeking compensation for your workplace injury:
- You must report your injury to your employer within 30 days. Failure to do so could result in a denial of your workers’ compensation claim.
- You must request a hearing with the SBWC within one year. If insurance denies your claim or you disagree with your settlement, you can appeal. Our lawyers can represent you during this process.
- You must file your lawsuit within two years. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you have two years from your time of injury or your loved one’s death to take legal action.
Our Athens attorneys can tell you more about how these time limits may affect your gas explosion accident case and help you get started before it is too late.
We Will Represent You for No Upfront Fees or Costs
We do not charge injury victims up front or out of pocket. Instead, our fees come from a percentage of your settlement or verdict. If we do not obtain compensation, we do not get paid.
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Our Georgia Injury Law Firm Puts Clients and Their Needs First
We are passionate about helping the injured get the compensation they need to get back on their feet. We have a track record of success, including million-dollar-plus workers’ compensation case results. However, we believe our focus on attorney-client relationships truly sets Bader Scott Injury Lawyers apart.
We listen to our clients and offer support every step of the way. You will never have to spend your precious time tracking us down or searching for answers when you work with us. We promise to:
- Promptly return your phone calls and emails
- Provide you with frequent case updates
- Answer your questions using clear, straightforward language (no legalese)
- Treat you with the respect, dignity, and compassion you deserve
- Give you the final say when it comes to decisions affecting your case
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Talk With Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today After an Athens Gas Explosion Accident
Contact us today to find out more about how our Athens gas explosions accident lawyer can help with your workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit. A team member can get you started with a free consultation where we will answer your questions and guide you on your next steps.