What You Need To Know About Workers' Compensation Claims
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Georgia law gives injured workers seeking to file a Workers' Compensation Claim certain rights. Some employers might not tell their workers about their rights, which may entitle them to medical benefits or wage benefits, depending on the nature and extent of the workplace injury.
If you are injured on the job, don't let the insurance company push you around. You have the right to the following:
- Medical treatment
- A portion of your weekly wages
- Compensation for permanent partial disabilities
- A one-time independent medical exam by a doctor of your own choosing
- A death benefit to your survivors if you die as a result of a work-related injury
It is also important to know that you do have the right to speak with an attorney about seeking legal representation for your claim. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the claim process of Georgia's workers' compensation laws so that you have the best chance for a fair resolution.
What is the purpose of workers' compensation in Georgia?
If you work for a company in Georgia with three or more employees, your company is required by law to have workers' compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, the company's insurance policy may pay for medical, rehabilitation and a portion of your lost wages. If you die in an accident, the company's policy will pay benefits to your surviving family members. You are covered as soon as you start working. There is no waiting period.
What if the accident was my employer's fault?
Workers' compensation law in Georgia provides the employer with limited liability. This means that the accident might have been your employer's fault, but you generally cannot file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for pain and suffering and other damages that go beyond the benefits provided by workers' comp. The upshot is that even if the accident was your fault, in most cases you can still receive workers' compensation benefits.
The workplace injury put you in a tough position. Our experience can help you recover. Call today.
At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we recognize how difficult it can be to recover from a workplace injury. Your first step to simplify the process is to contact us today. From the insurance forms to the medical bills, our experienced staff can help you sort through the red tape and paperwork. Call 1-800-898-HAYS.