If you suffered a severe, permanent, or disabling workplace injury, you may need medical coverage and wage benefits beyond the 400 weeks usually offered by workers’ compensation.
A Norcross, GA, catastrophic injury attorney with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can assist with a claim for extended benefits. We can also help you appeal attempts to end your current workers’ compensation payments. We offer free consultations and can take your case on contingency.
We Can Seek Lifetime Compensation for Catastrophic Work Injuries
If you suffered an injury while on the job, workers’ compensation may pay your medical bills and provide two-thirds of your previous weekly wages for up to 400 weeks. However, if your injury falls under the legal definition of catastrophic, you can receive medical coverage and wage replacement benefits for life (or until your condition improves).
According to O.C.G.A. § 34-9-200.1, catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe brain injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Total or industrial blindness
- Amputation of a hand, foot, arm, or leg (resulting in complete loss of use)
The statute also states that a catastrophic injury is any injury that prevents the sufferer from maintaining substantial gainful employment, either at their previous job or in another line of work. Our lawyers will help you prove your injury qualifies under the law so you get the compensation you need and deserve.
We Will Pursue All of the Benefits Available to You
As mentioned, workers’ compensation may pay your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. If you have a catastrophic injury, your medical benefits include the cost of emergency treatment and long-term and ongoing medical expenses, including:
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive rehabilitation
- Medical procedures
- Medical devices and mobility aids
- Prescription medications
- Doctor visits and specialist services
- In-home health care
- Long-term nursing services
- Medical travel expenses
Our Norcross attorneys will fight to ensure you receive coverage for necessary care for as long as you need to heal. If issues arise regarding your doctor’s assessment of your condition or your ability to work, we will aggressively defend your right to continued benefits. If your initial claim was denied, we can guide you through an appeal.
Additionally, if your loved one suffered a fatal work injury, we can help qualifying family members pursue workers’ compensation death benefits. Our lawyers can secure coverage for your loved one’s medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for funeral and burial expenses.
For a free legal consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer serving Norcross, call (404) 888-8888
We Can Seek Additional Damages With a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
You usually cannot sue an employer who provides workers’ compensation coverage, but you can pursue a claim or lawsuit against a liable third-party, such as an equipment manufacturer, subcontractor, or property owner. We can investigate the accident that caused your catastrophic injury and determine if you have grounds for a personal injury case.
Personal injury damages include your medical expenses, total lost wages (not just two-thirds), and compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Loss of mobility or paralysis
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future lost wages and lost earning capacity
- The value of other lost earnings, such as bonuses, vacation pay, and health and retirement benefits
- The value of household services you can no longer perform
- Medically-necessary home and vehicle modifications
- The cost of repairing or replacing personal property damaged during your accident
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Our Attorneys Have Experience With a Variety Of Workplace Accidents
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has more than a decade of experience helping clients in Georgia seek justice. We handle many types of injury cases and assist workers across a variety of sectors. Our Norcross catastrophic injury lawyers can help if you were hurt in a work-related:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Slip and fall
- Caught in/between accident
- Heavy machinery accident
- Chemical exposure incident
- Mining or excavation accident
- Construction accident
- Struck by/against accident
- Electrocution accident
- Gas explosion
- Industrial accident
- Fall from heights
We Will Collect Evidence
You do not have to prove negligence to secure workers’ compensation benefits, but you will need to prove your injuries qualify as catastrophic and occurred on the job. If you pursue a personal injury case, you will need to show the at-fault party behaved recklessly or wrongfully. Either way, our lawyers can gather evidence to support your claims, which may include:
- Eyewitness accounts of your accident
- Available surveillance or cell phone video
- Medical records
- Expert medical testimony
- Official accident reports
- Testimony from friends and loved ones about how your injury affects your life
- Testimony from vocational experts and economists regarding your ability to work
We Will Handle Case Details and Be Your Voice
You have enough to worry about dealing with your recovery. Our team will take care of every detail of your case, from preparing and filing claims to representing you in court if necessary. Additionally, we will handle all case-related communications so you do not have to spend your time and energy haggling with insurance agents.
Furthermore, we believe that communication is key. The more we know about you and your issues, the more effectively we can advocate for you and your family. You will have our full attention when meeting with us, and we will strive to serve you with compassion, dignity, and respect. You will receive regular updates from our firm, and your attorney or case manager will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
We Will Take Action Before Time Expires
According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC), you must inform your employer about your accident within 30 days of occurrence. Then, you have up to one year to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Legal action is bound by the statute of limitations outlined in O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. Under the law, you have up to two years to sue for personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. We can help you act before time runs out.
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Contact us today to schedule a risk-free, no-cost consultation with our Norcross catastrophic injury attorneys. We do not collect a fee unless we secure compensation for you.