What Is My Workers' Compensation Case Worth?
Discover the value of your workers’ comp claim. Talk to an attorney at our firm.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Georgia, you are probably wondering how much your workers’ compensation claim could be worth. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with your workplace injury or illness on your own.
You can count on Gary Martin Hays & Associates for vigorous and bold legal representation in your workplace injury case. Call 1-800-898-HAYS right now. Our knowledgeable attorneys know how to gather all the relevant facts, and we won't be intimidated by insurance company pressure.
Our experienced workers' compensation attorneys take the time to meet with our clients and learn the full extent of their injuries. That way, we can determine the best way to pursue the compensation our clients are entitled to receive.
Who determines the value of my workers’ compensation claim?
In the State of Georgia, the Board of Workers’ Compensation administers the state’s workers’ compensation program. Sometimes, your application for benefits (Form WC-14) is approved shortly after you file the form.
Other times, whether you will receive workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia will be decided by an administrative law judge. You will appear before an administrative law judge if you request a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
If you need to appear before an administrative law judge, you can have a workers’ compensation attorney present with you during your hearing. We strongly advise doing so. That way, you can have someone on your side who thoroughly understands how the legal system works.
How is the value of my workers’ compensation claim determined?
Many different factors are taken into consideration when determining the value of a workers’ compensation claim. If you were injured at your workplace, we can help determine the true value of your claim. As part of our process, we often take into consideration several different factors and ask the following questions:
- What led to your injuries? Who caused them?
- Are any injuries permanent?
- How much work have you missed? How much longer will you be out?
- Do you know your employer's authorized panel of physicians?
- Have you been assigned a disability rating?
- Have you had surgery or will you need it in the future?
- Was a dangerous product involved in your accident?
- Were you hurt in a work-related car accident?
With this information, we can determine whether you may be eligible for additional compensation on top of your workers’ compensation claim. In certain circumstances, we may decide to pursue a personal injury claim against a party other than your employer or a coworker.
What are typical workers’ compensation benefits?
Your employer’s workers’ comp insurance policy will pay for your medical bills with authorized treating physicians, as well as rehabilitation costs and a portion of your lost wages. Your employer’s workers’ comp policy will pay your doctor for treatment related to the on-the-job accident. The coverage also will pay for prescription medication, necessary travel expenses, and other types of treatment.
Workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory for all companies in Georgia with three or more employees. Your income loss replacement benefit will be two-thirds of your average weekly wage (with a cap of $675 per week). This benefit applies to accidents that occurred on or after July 1, 2019.
How can a workers’ compensation lawyer help me?
Many people simply assume their workers’ compensation claim will be straightforward. They got hurt on the job. Their employer has workers’ compensation insurance. Everything should be simple, right? Don’t be so sure.
In many cases, workers’ compensation claims turn out to be far more complicated than people expect. Some of the reasons why include:
- Your employer claims your injury did not take place at work.
- Your employer claims your injury is a pre-existing injury.
- Your employer-chosen doctor downplays the severity of your workplace injury.
- Your employer-chosen doctor claims you’re not actually injured.
- Your employer-chosen doctor claims you have recovered but you’re still injured.
- The state workers’ compensation board denies your workers’ compensation claim.
Don’t delay. Get the help you need today. Failure to act promptly may affect your right to the workers’ compensation benefits you’re entitled to receive.