Workman's Comp Attorneys
An injury that impedes your ability to work can be
especially frightening. In addition to physical pain, you are faced with
the stress of wondering how to meet your financial responsibilities. In
Georgia, workers' compensation cases are considered no-fault. If you
have been injured due to an accident on the job—even if you are
responsible for the accident—you may be entitled to compensation.
Common work-related injuries
Work-related injuries may include but are not limited to the following:
• Oil and gas field injuries
• Construction accidents
• Forklift injuries
• Commercial trucking accidents
• Chemical burns
• Injuries from conveyors and manufacturing product defects
• Safety or OSHA violations
• Chemical exposure from crop dusting
Your workers' compensation case
Georgia law, if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to
income and medical benefits. Georgia does not provide recovery for pain
and suffering. Your company's workers' compensation carrier is
responsible for paying all of your injury-related medical bills. To be
eligible for workers' compensation benefits, you must do the following:
• Report your injury to
your supervisor immediately. Injuries reported later than 30 days after
the date of the incident may not be covered by workers' compensation
• Select a physician from the Panel of Physicians posted
by your employer. If your employer does not have a properly posted
panel, you can go a doctor of your choice. Before relying on this
information, please contact an attorney.
An injured worker who is not able to perform his or her job may be entitled to the following:
• 2/3 of his or her
average weekly wage with a maximum weekly benefit of $500.00 for
injuries sustained after July 1, 2007. These benefits are not taxable.
• The maximum period that benefits will be paid is 400
weeks from the date of injury. If you are released to return to light
duty work, the maximum benefit period will typically be shortened to 350
weeks. Individuals who sustain catastrophic injuries such as spinal
cord injuries, closed-head injuries, and amputation injuries may be
entitled to lifetime benefits.
• Temporary partial disability benefits - If you
return to any type of restricted duty work following an on-the-job
injury and sustain a wage loss, workers' compensation will pay 2/3 of
the difference between your pre-injury wage and your new wage. The
maximum temporary partial rate for injuries sustained after July 1, 2007
is $334.00 per week.
• Reimbursement at the rate of 40 cents per mile (as of
December 1, 2005) for travel on any medical-related trip, including
FCEs, MRIs, etc. The carrier will also pay 100 percent of all
prescription costs as long as they are injury-related. You also have the
right to a one-time Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) with a doctor
of your choice within 120 days from the last receipt of income benefits.
Contact Robert S. Windholz, LLC today
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you
need to start building your case immediately. Workers' compensation
cases are complex, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.
Based in Alpharetta, we have represented victims of personal injury and wrongful death throughout Atlanta and North Georgia since 1973. Contact us today for a free phone consultation on your workers' compensation case.