Workplace accidents can be devastating for several reasons. One, you have to recover from your injuries. Two, you have to take time off of work. Seth Bader is an experienced workers compensation attorney that understands how important these cases are.
Your workplace injury affects your family just as much as it affects you. Thankfully, you can file for workers’ compensation to help you recover. We know that filing a workers’ compensation claim can be tricky, so we’re here to help.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace gas explosion, contact us today. We offer free consultations to discuss the details of your case.
What is workers’ compensation?
From the minute that you step foot on any job in Georgia, you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation. If you are injured while working on the job, you can receive medical care and your paycheck while you’re healing.
Workers’ compensation was created to protect you and to get you back to work. If you are injured at work, you need to recover before you attempt to go back entirely.
Going to work while you are still injured can put you and others at risk. Workers’ compensation was created to ensure that workers would take time off to heal. Decades ago, workers needed the money so that they would ignore their injuries. Now, you can take the proper amount of time to recover, all while still receiving your paycheck.
Do I need an attorney to file for workers’ compensation?
No. However, we recommend that you get an attorney as soon as possible. Most workers’ compensation attorneys will provide you with a free consultation.
You can ask questions and go over your options. Then, if you hire an attorney, they will handle your workers’ compensation claim. It is possible that your claim could be denied, but hiring an experienced lawyer reduces the likelihood that this will happen.
I was denied, now what?
We know that the entire process of filing for workers’ compensation can be overwhelming. So, it can be even more frustrating when your claim has been denied. Thankfully, there are steps that we take to appeal the process. If you have been refused, you should reach out to us immediately. We only have a short window of time to appeal your decision.
Injuries resulting from natural gas explosions
Natural gas is a combustive substance and can cause several injuries. Some of them are mild, but it is possible to lose your life in an explosion. You could be looking at a recovery time of a few weeks to a few months for more severe injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Burns: There are different degrees of burns which are more serious. So, a third-degree burn is more severe than a first-degree burn. A third-degree burn could require months of treatments and skin grafts.
- Concussions: When you think of explosions, you think of loud noises and things flying everywhere. So, imagine that you were actually on the scene. A blast wave can hurl machinery, shrapnel, and people across the ground. Just the pressure of the stream can also cause internal injuries as well as bruising.
- Respiratory injuries: Once an explosion happens, it is reasonable to breathe in contaminated air. The air after a blast is heated up. So, breathing this superheated air into your lungs can damage the tissues in your respiratory tract.
I’ve been injured from a natural gas explosion, now what?
There are many things that you should do following an incident at work. First, you need to let your supervisor know that you have been injured. In Georgia, you have 30 days from the time of your incident to let your employer know that you have been hurt.
Then, you need to seek medical attention to see what injuries you have sustained. Finally, we recommend talking to a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. You are going to have many questions, and an attorney can get you the answers you need.
What will workers’ compensation cover?
This system was developed to get you a paycheck while you are healing. However, that isn’t all that workers’ compensation can do. You can also receive coverage for:
- Medical treatments
- Hospital stays
- Temporary disability
- Rehab facilities
- Physical therapy
- Home help aids
Am I even eligible for workers’ compensation?
If you were injured on the job in the state of Georgia, there’s a pretty good possibility that you are eligible for workers’ compensation. One of the few criteria is that you have an actual physical injury to receive your benefits.
For example, an emotional injury will not qualify you for workers’ compensation. You won’t be able to take time off to seek counseling. However, if you have received an emotional injury along with physical damage, then you could try to seek compensation for advice.
Will workers’ compensation cover all of my damages?
No. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation generally won’t cover all of your bills. You could seek additional damages in the form of a personal lawsuit, but you can’t sue your employer.
It is illegal to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer after you have been injured on the job. You are allowed to sue a third party, but these cases can become very complicated. Make sure you hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney that handles personal injury cases.
Is there a time limit to file my workers’ compensation claim?
Yes. You must file your workers’ compensation claim within a year of your accident to be eligible to receive benefits. There are some exceptions to this rule, but you need to file as soon as possible.
Contact an expert gas explosion attorney today!
We know that injuries can be traumatic, and we’re here to help. If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace gas explosion, you could be entitled to workers compensation. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to go over your case.