Sometimes those who care and provide support for others become patients themselves. Hospital work can be brutal on the body. Nurses, doctors, hospital staff, and emergency medical technicians are hardworking people subject to long shifts and constant exposure to high-stress situations, dangerous chemicals, and violent patients. All of these hazards can build up, leading to...Read More
Hurt at Work: Why You Need to Immediately Notify Your Employer
After you are injured at work, it’s important not to panic and make rash decisions. Stay calm and consider your options carefully. If you are hurt at work here in Georgia, the workers’ compensation laws require that you report the accident and injury to your employer within 30 days of the injury date. Please note:...Read More
Can I sue my employer if I was injured in a workplace accident?
So you sustained a workplace injury. Your doctor told you that you can't return to work until you make a full recovery. Meanwhile, your medical bills keep piling up. You're likely wondering who will pay for your medical expenses and lost wages. The bad news is you can't sue your employer. The good news is...Read More
What Is My Workers’ Compensation Case Worth?
One question I am often asked whenever a potential client calls my firm is: “What is my workers' compensation case worth?” This is a great question and I can certainly understand why clients would want to know the answer. Their lives have been turned upside down because of their on-the-job injury. You may also have...Read More
Getting Workers' Compensation For An On-The-Job Meniscus Tear
An Atlanta attorney discusses how to get workers' compensation for a work-related meniscus tear. The meniscus is a C-shaped, rubbery piece of cartilage that provides cushioning and stability between the shinbone and thighbone. It acts as a shock absorber within the knee when you walk, climb stairs, or squat down to lift an object. There...Read More
Hurt While Drunk at Work: Can You File for Workers’ Compensation?
According to the Official Code of Georgia: “No compensation shall be allowed for an injury or death due to intoxication by alcohol or being under the influence of marijuana or a controlled substance...” Exceptions may be made if a substance was lawfully prescribed by a physician and taken as directed. The statute sets forth the...Read More
How to Know If You Have an Extra Claim Plus Workers’ Compensation
When you are injured on the job in Georgia, you are afforded rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act. In general, an injury is compensable under workers’ compensation if it relates to or was caused by a person’s employment and the performance of their job duties. Sometimes though, an injured worker may be entitled to compensation...Read More
How a Workers' Compensation Attorney Can Maximize Your Odds of Obtaining Benefits
Workers sustain injuries every day all across Georgia. Many workplace accidents are the result of careless mistakes. For example, a worker may get injured slipping on spilled liquid and falling. Or a worker may sustain a serious injury because a machine wasn't properly turned off when not in use. Fortunately, Georgia workers' compensation is a...Read More
Can You Be Compensated If You're Injured During a Work Break?
If you’re hurt during a lunch or work break, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Under Georgia law, a worker may file a claim depending on what kind of break they were on when the work injury occurred. The law differentiates cases based on whether or not an injury happened during a...Read More
What If an “Act of God” Causes a Work Injury or Death?
In rare cases, a worker may be injured or killed by an unusual or statistically improbable event outside of their control. There is no way to predict when or where a freak accident, natural disaster, or act of God will occur. Here is an example of one such case: In McKiney v. Reynolds & Manley...Read More