Our Savannah electrocution accident lawyers represent people injured in workplace accidents that want help making a workers’ compensation claim or are having problems getting the benefits they deserve. With a sole focus on personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security disability cases, we have the knowledge, resources, and expertise to help you and your family make things right.
We review your case for free to determine how we can support you. If we can help, we take care of everything you need for the legal process so that you can focus on your recovery. We even provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay our costs if your claim is successful.
Who Is Most at Risk of Exposure to Electrical Hazards in The Workplace?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers in the construction industry are at high risk; however, anyone can be exposed to this danger, irrespective of their job role. Dangerous wiring, faulty equipment or machinery, proximity to water, ungrounded power, overloaded equipment, and failure to provide safety training or personal protection equipment cause many preventable workplace accidents yearly.
Electrical accidents cause injuries that vary in severity from mild discomfort to permanent disability or death in the worst cases. If you or a loved one was injured in this way, our electrocution accident attorneys are here to simplify the process of obtaining workers’ compensation and fight for the benefits you and your family deserve. We can also help if your claim is denied.
For a free legal consultation with a electrocution accidents lawyer serving Savannah, call (404) 888-8888
Filing Workers’ Compensation Claim or Third-Party Injury Lawsuit in Georgia
The amount of compensation paid for workers’ comp claims or personal injury lawsuits varies on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the facts of your case and the severity of your injuries.
Workers’ compensation is available for almost all employees in Georgia. If your injuries prevent you from working for seven days or more, you will likely be entitled to claim these benefits. Under this system, you do not need to prove fault and can claim benefits even if you contributed to or caused the accident in most cases. However, the process can be complex and frustrating.
Clerical errors, lack of supporting evidence, and other disputes can result in your claim being delayed or, worst case, denied by your employer or insurer. As such, it can be beneficial to work with an attorney to streamline the process by ensuring all paperwork is accurately completed.
What if Someone Other Than My Employer Is Responsible for Causing My Injury?
Suppose someone other than your employer is responsible for causing the accident (such as contractors, power companies, or property owners). In that case, you may be able to recover financial damages by filing a third-party personal injury lawsuit. First, however, you will need to prove the other party is responsible for causing the accident through negligence.
How Much Can I Claim for an Electric Accident Injury at Work?
Under workers’ compensation, you could qualify for the following types of payments, based on whichever is most suitable for your situation (as of July 1, 2022):
- Temporary partial disability payments (up to a maximum of $483.00 per week)
- Permanent partial disability payments (up to a maximum of $725.00 per week)
- Permanent total disability payments (up to a maximum of $725.00 per week)
- A lump sum settlement through workers’ compensation
These payments will cover qualifying medical expenses and a percentage of your weekly wage. Benefits are paid for up to 400 weeks unless your injury is catastrophic, in which case you would receive lifetime benefits. However, if a third party is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to recover additional financial damages such as pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.
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What To Do if Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Refused
If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision by following a formal process. The process begins by filing a form with the state board to challenge the insurance company’s decision.
After this, you may be asked to participate in mediation to settle the matter; otherwise, it may be necessary to present your case before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), where we can represent you and present evidence to the judge. If you are unsatisfied with the ALJs decision after the hearing, we can escalate the case to an appellate review. Finally, we will file your case with the Georgia Court of Appeals if you still need to appeal.
We will help you to prepare for the appeals process by:
- Investigating the facts of the accident to establish that it qualifies as being work-related
- Managing all communications with your treatment providers to understand how your injury affects your ability to work
- Explaining your rights and legal options
- Negotiating for an appropriate settlement
- Filing and completing all relevant paperwork on your behalf
- Preparing your case for mediation or hearings
- Helping you navigate the appeals process
Appealing a denied worker’s compensation claim can be a complex process. We are here to help you fight for the benefits you deserve and guide you through the legal process.
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How Long Do I Have To File My Case?
Depending on the type of legal action most suited to your situation, several important deadlines could apply to your case. For example, you will need to report your accident to your employer within 30 days, and if you do not receive any benefits, you will need to file an appeal with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation within a year. If you need to appeal, other deadlines will apply to each stage of the process.
Similarly, if you file a personal injury lawsuit, you must submit your case within two years, per Georgia statute of limitations (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33).
Schedule a Free Review With Our Savannah Electrocution Accident Attorneys
To learn more about your legal options following a workplace accident, contact us to discuss your situation with the lawyers at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Our initial consultations are always confidential and cost you nothing.