Under Georgia workers’ compensation law, when Atlanta workers sustain injuries on the job, they are entitled to medical and income benefits. The amount and duration of the benefits depend on the type and degree of disability the injury caused. For catastrophic injuries, there is no cap on the duration a worker can receive benefits. When an employee sustains a fatal work-related injury or illness, his or her family is entitled to Georgia workers’ compensation death benefits.
Benefits for Catastrophic Work Injuries
There is a process to go through in order to have your injury deemed catastrophic for workers’ compensation benefits purposes. The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation requires that injured workers or their attorneys submit Form WC-R1CATEE, which requests a catastrophic determination.
Workers whose injuries are classified as catastrophic and whose claims are accepted receive lifetime medical care and rehabilitation benefits as well as lifetime income benefits. Does your work injury qualify as catastrophic?
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
When a worker dies as the result of a workplace accident or illness, his or her beneficiaries are entitled to certain death benefits, as per Georgia workers’ compensation laws.
Learn more about the benefits available to eligible beneficiaries.
Getting Legal Help for Your Claim
It is not uncommon for injured workers to have their claims wrongfully denied or to not get the catastrophic determination they are entitled to. For this reason, it is highly recommended to seek help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
An attorney helps gather the necessary evidence, works with medical experts or gathers vocational evaluations to substantiate your claim, and helps you uphold and exercise your rights throughout the process. If the workers’ compensation insurer denies your claim, your attorney can also represent you at the hearing to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
It is also important to note what workers’ compensation does not cover. Workers’ compensation does not compensate you for pain and suffering or other emotional damages. It also does not cover potential lost earnings. While injured workers can get income benefits, they cannot recover the full amount of their lost wages or any future lost earnings.
In some situations, there may be other applicable legal actions to take in which you might be able to recover a greater and wider array of damages such as these. You are welcomed to call our workers’ compensation lawyers at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, PLLC in Atlanta to discuss your case and what options you might have available for maximum recovery.
Contact us at 678-562-5595 for a free consultation.