If you were injured while at work, workers’ compensation should cover medical bills and lost wages. However, the reality may not be that simple, and your employer may be standing in the way of you receiving the compensation you are entitled to. Fortunately, you don’t have to fight alone to get the compensation you need. With our workers’ compensation lawyers in Atlanta working on your behalf, we’ll help you secure the money you are owed for your workplace injury, even if you’ve been denied a claim.
We represent workers across a variety of industries, including:
- Emergency services
- Law enforcement
- Service and hospitality
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Georgia
Under Georgia law, all employers with three or more employees, including part-time workers, are required to pay into workers’ compensation insurance. This is a type of insurance that compensates employees for lost income and medical bills that occur when the employee is hurt on the job.
Criteria that determine whether you need a workers’ compensation lawyer include:
- Your injuries require surgery
- Your injuries will prevent you from returning to work, either immediately or perhaps ever
- You had significant disabilities before the incident
- You need to dispute a decision made by your employer
- You have been refused medical assistance for the condition resulting from your injury
- Your employer has disputed a decision made by your state’s workers’ compensation department
Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits
If you lost your spouse or parent while they were on the job, workers’ compensation does provide benefits, including:
- Funeral and burial costs up to $7,500;
- Up to $675 per week in lost income for 400 weeks or until surviving children are at least 18;
- Medical expenses accrued during the injury, prior to death;
In certain instances, when a worker develops post-traumatic stress disorder as well as a physical injury while working, they are eligible for worker’s compensation. An example is a firefighter who falls off a ladder and injures their back and has psychological trauma from the event, too. They may receive worker’s compensation benefits.
Employee Responsibilities After Workplace Injury
If you were injured during the course of your job, you must fulfill responsibilities in order to qualify for compensation.
- Abiding by written safety policies and procedures at the time of the accident;
- Report any accident or injury immediately, or at least no later than 30 days after the injury, to your employer or supervisor;
- Accept reasonable medical care and ongoing rehabilitation when ordered to do so by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation;
- Prove that the injury was not caused by your intentional misconduct;
- Notify your employer if you move to a new location and when you are able to return to full or part-time employment. Also, make sure to report your weekly earnings.
- Attempt a job that has been approved by an authorized physician, even if that job pays less than the previous job;
- File a claim within a year after the last authorized treatment or within two years of your last benefit payment if you believe you are still entitled to workers’ compensation and have been denied.
- File a claim within a year of a loved one’s death caused by a workplace injury.
- Submit reimbursement requests for travel or other medical expenses within one year of the date you incurred the expense.
- Submit to a drug test.
Failure to do these may result in a denial or end of benefits.
Choose the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at The Fitzpatrick Firm
If you have been wrongfully denied benefits or believe you should be receiving a higher amount, the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Fitzpatrick Firm, LLC can assist you with your claim. If you have received a serious injury, are facing long-term disability, or are unable to return to your job, we will go above and beyond to investigate your case, dig into your medical reports, and hold your employer accountable for their refusal to act in your interests.
Because we work on a contingency fee, meaning we only charge a fee when you are awarded benefits, you can feel confident that you can afford to get the legal representation you need for your claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Atlanta Today
If you were injured in an accident that occurred at work, and you aren’t receiving the compensation you are owed, we can help. Schedule a free consultation today with The Fitzpatrick Firm, LLC to discuss your case by calling or filling out the form below to get started.