There is an old adage that says “accidents happen.” It’s a popular phrase that you have probably heard, because it’s true. When accidents happen in the workplace, the injured employee often faces a long road of recovery, doctor visits, paperwork and overall headaches. If the accident results in an injury that keeps an employee out of work for an extended period of time, there may also be an impact on their wallet and overall financial security.
Nicholson, Silverbach & Watson are a law firm with years of personal injury experience. Workers’ Compensation is an area of the law where we can certainly offer a great deal of assistance. If someone is having to endure the endless questions that bombard them when they are out of work after an injury, we can most certainly offer guidance.
If you have been injured on the job, there are some important things you need to know.
- In Georgia, worker’s compensation benefits are two-thirds of an employee’s average weekly wage. There are limits set by the state as to what that weekly benefit can be. The limits depend on how long the employee will be out of work.
- Businesses with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage.
- If you are injured at work, contact your supervisor immediately.
- Employers are required to post a list of doctors that an employee may see after an injury.
- If an injury happens, you should keep meticulous medical records that include each doctor’s visit, mileage, lost wages and any sort of physical therapy that is done.
- Georgia workers compensation law addresses temporary disabilities, or long-term and permanent disabilities. Vocational training is even covered under state law if an employee is unable to return to their job because of an injury.
Accidents at work make life difficult. When a work accident occurs, it can put the employee in a very difficult position if he/she still works there while they are undergoing treatment or recovering. The attorneys at Nicholson, Silverbach, & Watson recommend consulting one of our attorneys if you have been hurt on the job to protect yourself and ensure you are treated fairly.
A representative from your employer’s insurance carrier will most likely contact you to discuss your claim. They may even tell you it’s not necessary to hire an attorney because your medical bills will be paid and you will receive the benefits required by law, however, there may be much more to your situation that the insurance representative won’t tell you about.
If you are hurt at work, it’s important to talk to someone who can help you understand what to do next. You may have a legitimate reason to file a lawsuit based on a worker’s compensation claim. That’s why it’s critical to have an attorney that is looking out for you and not your employer or their insurance company. Those include:
- If you were injured by a defective product or toxic substance.
- An injury that is a result of an employer’s intentional conduct.
- If your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance
- If the injury was caused by a third party
- Attorney fees in worker’s compensation cases are dictated by the state
Injuries like these can affect a person for a very long time. Physical and financial well-being aren’t things to be taken lightly. If you, or a loved one, has been injured on the job call Nicholson, Silverbach, & Watson for a consultation and put our experience to work for you. You can reach us at 770-615-7269.