Workers Compensation Claims (What You Need to Know)
If you are an employee and have been injured on-the-job, Georgia’s Workers Compensation laws in most cases require that your employer provide you with reasonable and necessary medical treatment, weekly income benefits, and monies for any permanent disability to your body as a result of your injury. However, many employers and their insurers don’t treat injured workers fairly, and often delay or deny medical treatment and payment of income or disability benefits. The workers compensation laws are extremely complicated. Most employees won’t be able to adequately protect their rights unless an experienced workers compensation lawyer files a legal claim for them with the Georgia Board of Workers Compensation. Filing a claim with the Board is the only way to be certain that you get the medical care you need and that you are paid all the monies you are owed as a result of your injury.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation is a state accident insurance program designed to provide income and medical benefits to employees who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses. This program is a no-fault system, entitling employees to these benefits even if they caused the accident which resulted in their injury. While giving your employer notice of your work injury is a necessary step, it is only by filing a legal claim with the Georgia Board of Workers Compensation that you are fully protected.
There are five different classes of benefits available under the Georgia Workers Compensation Act: (1) Medical Benefits (including diagnosis, treatment, physical therapy, medical devices, and medical mileage); (2) Income Disability Benefits; (3) Permanent Disability Benefits; (4) Vocational Rehabilitation; and (5) Payments to Dependents in Death Cases.
Workers Compensation generally covers all medical expenses of a job-related injury or illness through designated treating doctors. You are entitled to select your choice of doctor from the panel of workers compensation doctors that should be posted at your workplace. You are also entitled to change doctors on the panel once without needing permission. Additionally, if the injury prevents you from returning to work, you are entitled to a fixed weekly income benefit based on a percentage of your regular salary up to a maximum of $500 per week for up to 400 weeks (for catastrophic claims, you may receive lifetime income benefits). If an authorized treating physician gives you an impairment rating once you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, then you will also be entitled to additional monies for your permanent disability. We will explain these rights to you, and we will pursue all the benefits available to you.
Employees injured on the job need immediate legal representation to protect themselves under Georgia’s Workers Compensation laws. LuAnne Bryant Smith Attorny at Law can help you get the medical treatment and benefits, income benefits, and disability compensation you are entitled to under the law. We will aggressively pursue your workers’ compensation claims. We are experienced lawyers who will fight for your rights.
Your questions about workers’ compensation law will get answered. We will evaluate your case and explain the process for collecting your income, disability, and medical benefits. We will carefully provide you guidance throughout the workers’ compensation process.
We handle all significant on-the-job injuries, including:
- Catastrophic Injuries & Death
- Back & Neck Injuries
- Head & Brain Injuries
- Shoulder, Arm, Wrist & Hand Injuries
- Knee, Hip, Leg, & Foot Injuries
If you feel your rights as an injured worker are being violated, we can help you.