Work Related Injury Attorney
Work-related accidents are a broad category that encompasses many injuries, including those from slip and falls, machinery failure, falls from heights, work-related auto accidents, improper training or safety measures, chemical exposure, and more. The injuries sustained can be catastrophic, and workers often are temporarily or permanently disabled due to back, neck, spine, or head injuries; repetitive strains; broken bones; severed limbs; damage to lung or other organs; and much more.
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While many of these serious injuries are covered by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, an injured worker or their surviving family members may be able to file additional claims, including those against negligent third-parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment, or a wrongful death claim, if the worker lost their life.
Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law mandates dozens of rules that employers and employees must obey. Skipping a step can result in the insurance company denying your claim. If you have been injured on the job:
- Report your accident to your employer immediately. Do not assume a co-worker will report it for you. If you wait more than 30 days to report your accident, you may be denied benefits.
- Your employer must post information regarding the workers’ compensation program as well as a list of at least six doctors you may choose from after a workplace injury.
- If you choose one of the approved six doctors, the doctor must perform an initial evaluation within 24 hours.
- If you receive treatment by a provider not on the list, you must have another evaluation performed by an accepted provider within five working days.
- Write down everything you remember from the accident: what happened, names of witness, time, weather,
- Go to all of your appointments and follow all medical advice.
- IF your employer offers you an option to return to work under light duty restriction, you must return and try to perform the work. Failure to comply, if offered, can result in termination of benefits. If you return and the duties are too physically demanding, notify your employer and case manager immediately.
Compensation for injuries can include:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death benefits
An employee has a limited amount of time to file a claim. The process begins with the Form WC-14. .
We will investigate your claim by gathering the police report, dash cam footage, surveillance videos, photos, and interviewing witness.
We will gather documents from the insurance company and your medical records and bills.
We will negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. If they do not offer a fair settlement, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
I was helping a relative of mine search for a lawyer to handle her worker’s compensation claim. Since she lives in Savannah, I came across Brooks Law Firm. They were extremely helpful especially the paralegal-I believe her name was Cassandra. If you want law firm that thorough and organized, then I would highly recommend Brooks Law firm.
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