If you suffered a work-related injury or contracted an occupational illness, our Macon attorneys can help you seek a workers’ compensation settlement and fight back against denied claims. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is proud to help Georgians seek fair compensation for injury cases.
Our winning track record includes:
- $5.25 million for a workers’ compensation/personal injury case involving paralysis
- $2 million for a claim involving a traumatic brain injury
- $500,000 for a claim involving amputation
- $400,000 for a claim involving death
How Much Can You Get for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Workers’ compensation pays for medical care, a portion of your wages, and death benefits if your loved one died from their injuries or illness. How much your claim is worth depends on the cost of your necessary medical care, the extent of your injuries, and your average weekly wage at the time of your accident.
In general, workers’ compensation claims pay for all necessary past and future medical treatment related to the injury, including rehabilitation services. Your wage compensation is calculated based on whether your injury is total or partial and/or is permanent or temporary.
- Temporary total benefits – According to OCGA §34-9-261, if your injuries leave you unable to work at all during your treatment and recovery, you can receive two-thirds of your pre-injury wages (up to $675 per week) for up to 400 weeks.
- Temporary partial benefits – Your injury is temporary partial if you are able to work but cannot perform the same work you did before. According to OCGA §34-9-262, you can receive two-thirds of the difference between your former and current average weekly wages (up to $450 per week). These benefits are available for up to 350 weeks after your injury occurred.
- Permanent partial disabilities – If your workplace accident resulted in a permanent, total disability, you could be entitled to a portion of your average weekly wage for life. If you have a permanent, partial disability, your employer will pay wage benefits based on the schedule outlined in OCGA §34-9-263.
If you are the surviving spouse or dependent child of the deceased, you may have the right to workers’ compensation death benefits. According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC), you could receive:
- Compensation for medical care related to the deceased’s fatal injury or illness
- Up to $7,500 for funeral expenses
- Two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage
For a free legal consultation with a workers compensation lawyer serving Macon, call (404) 888-8888
How We Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Claim
If you have severe injuries that will require a week or more off of work, it may help to work with a lawyer from our team to protect your rights, especially if:
- Your injuries prevent you from performing your previous job or ever working again
- You have a pre-existing condition that the insurance company may try to blame as the cause of your injury
- The insurance company refuses to pay for needed medical treatment
- The insurance company disputes your permanent disability rating
- The insurance company denies your claim
- You must have a workers’ compensation hearing
- Your loved one died from a work injury.
We can take care of your workers’ compensation case, starting with filing your initial claim. We will strive to get you fair wage compensation for as long as your injury requires. If the insurance company denies your claims or refuses to offer you a fair settlement, we can assist you through the hearing and appeals process.
When Your Workplace Injury Warrants a Lawsuit
In some cases, you may find that your workers’ compensation benefits do not meet your needs. Your medical expenses and wage losses may be far greater than those accounted for through the workers’ compensation system. In certain cases, we may be able to fight for additional compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have the right to pursue a personal injury case against a third party. For example, if a defective piece of equipment caused your work injury, you may have a product liability case against its manufacturer. If your case is eligible for a lawsuit, we can seek additional damages, such as compensation for pain and suffering.
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You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits
You should file your workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible following your injury. If you do not file your claim within one year of your accident, the statute of limitations may bar you from seeking a settlement, according to OCGA §34-9-82.
If your personal injury case goes to civil court, you have two years to file a lawsuit, according to OCGA §9-3-33. The two-year window also applies to wrongful death lawsuits.
What are Your Next Steps?
If you have not reported your injury to your employer, do so immediately. Be sure to keep accurate records pertaining to your medical treatment and medical bills, including records related to any travel expenses.
If an insurance company representative contacts you, be polite, but brief. Do not provide more details about yourself, your accident, or your injuries than absolutely necessary. You can seek representation and refer future communications to our workers’ compensation lawyers serving Macon.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Call our offices at (404) 888-8888 to learn more about working with a Macon workers’ compensation attorney from our team. The call is free, and there is no obligation to hire our firm.
Should you choose to work with us, we can provide representation at no out-of-pocket cost to you. We take cases on contingency, meaning we do not get paid unless we win your case.