Pain and suffering is not generally included in Georgia workers’ compensation claims. However, you may receive compensation for two-thirds of your average weekly wages, injury-related medical costs, and possibly vocational retraining. However, if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against a negligent third party, you can seek compensation for pain and suffering.
A Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer will determine whether you can file a lawsuit, or whether a workers’ compensation claim is the possible path to compensation. They will fight for the compensation you deserve.
What Workers’ Compensation Claims Should Cover
The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation explains that workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Medical expenses: You should not have to pay anything out of pocket for medical expenses. Workers’ compensation provides for the cost of work-related injuries, and your lawyer will seek total financial coverage.
- A percentage of lost income: You are entitled to the replacement of two-thirds of your average weekly wages. While this will not cover the entirety of your lost income, it should provide significant financial relief while you are unable to work.
- Lost earning power: If you return to work but do not earn the same amount as you did before your injury, you may still be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
- Vocational retraining: if you suffer a catastrophic work injury, you may receive compensation for any retraining necessary to resume working.
There are special rules related to disabilities. You may be entitled to receive compensation for a significant period of time if you are not able to work again. Your attorney will evaluate your unique circumstances and fight for the maximum recovery you are entitled to.
Am I Eligible to File a Lawsuit After a Work Injury?
If a third party’s negligence caused your work injury, you can sue that party for the cost of your injuries. You may be eligible to seek compensation for the remainder of your lost income, other related losses, pain and suffering, and other damages if:
- Defective equipment at your job caused your injuries
- An employee of a contracted party (like a construction company) caused your injuries
- Any other instance of third-party negligence, such as a car accident, caused you harm
Your attorney will identify the cause of your work injury. After gathering all relevant information, they will explain whether filing a lawsuit is a viable option.
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Should I Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
You will likely want to hire a workers’ compensation attorney because:
- You are focused on recovery: Your recovery should be the greatest concern. Handling your own workers’ compensation claim may compromise the recovery process, which is why you may want to hire an attorney to handle your claim for you.
- You have not dealt with a workers’ compensation claim before: You can rely on a lawyer’s experience handling workers’ compensation claims. Because they have handled many claims like yours, your attorney will be ready for every demand your claim requires.
- You want the law firm’s financial support: Our firm will pay the cost of completing your workers’ compensation claim. Our fee is contingent on the outcome of your case. We will recoup our fees by receiving a percentage of any settlement we secure for you.
- You want to protect your rights: The insurance company may try to lowball you during settlement negotiations. Even worse, the insurer may claim that you injured yourself on purpose, and may deny your claim as a consequence. Your attorney will combat any attempts to pay you less compensation than you deserve.
- You believe a lawyer is most qualified to secure your settlement: Your goal should be to obtain all of the compensation you deserve. If you believe a lawyer is most qualified to achieve this goal, you should hire an attorney to represent you.
Workers’ compensation lawyers waste no time in resolving claims. If you choose to hire a lawyer, you can hire one today and they will immediately take ownership of the claims process. Your workers’ compensation attorney can also help you file a personal injury claim if eligible.
An Attorney Will Demand the Compensation You Deserve
Your lawyer will handle your claim from start to finish. Securing a fair financial recovery will require your attorney to:
Document Medical Costs
Work injuries often require:
- Emergency transportation
- Emergency services
- Medical imaging
Each injured worker has different injuries and unique medical needs. Your attorney will consult medical professionals to document your injuries and calculate the cost of your care. Your attorney can ensure the workers’ compensation insurer is covering all your medical bills.
Evaluate Your Lost Income
Your lost income will be a prime focus of your workers’ compensation claim. Your attorney will:
- Review your past income statements
- Evaluate the period of time that you have been injured (and will be injured going forward)
- Calculate the precise amount of wage replacement you are entitled to
Our attorneys understand how to calculate average weekly wages, as well as the financial caps that may apply to your workers’ comp claim. We will demand that insurers provide the maximum settlement for your lost income and diminished earning power.
Consider How Long You Will Be Injured
If you are going to be injured indefinitely, your attorney will seek compensation that reflects your long-term injuries.
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
Workers’ compensation attorneys deliver value by securing fair settlements for clients. Your attorney will represent you with insurers, demanding that they provide all of the compensation you are entitled to.
If you are a candidate for filing an injury lawsuit, your attorney will lead the legal process on your behalf. They may need to go to trial, too, and your lawyer will represent you in court if necessary.
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