Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Contact the experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at Hasner Law, PC if you’ve been hurt in a workplace accident. We know how important money can be after you get hurt on the job, so we’ll take an aggressive approach to your case and fight to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to contact our Atlanta, GA law office to schedule yours today.
Why Should I Call a Workers’ Compensation Attorney After I Get Hurt At Work in Atlanta?
The workers’ compensation system is set up to help injured workers get back on their feet after an accident. It’s there to help relieve some of the financial stress your injury may cause. However, just because you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits doesn’t mean that getting money will be easy.
The system is designed to benefit employers and insurance companies, not injured workers like you. When you file a claim, you have to follow rigid procedures and meet strict deadlines. Your employers’ insurance carrier will put obstacles between you and the money you deserve. Simple mistakes could cost you valuable compensation.
Hiring an attorney can make a massive difference in your quest for benefits. At Hasner Law, our attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience handling complex workers’ compensation claims. We know Georgia workers’ compensation law inside and out. We know what steps need to be taken to not only secure benefits on your behalf, but to get you the maximum benefits that can be paid under the law.
When you turn to us for help after you get hurt at work, all of this can benefit you. We will guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf. We’ll carefully investigate your accident and work with experts to make sure we know what your case is worth.
Our goal is to help you secure the money you need as you recover from your workplace injury or illness. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve. Give us a call today to set up a free consultation and learn more.
Georgia’s No-Fault Workers’ Compensation System
If your employer has three or more employees, they’re legally required to have a workers’ compensation insurance policy. When an employee gets hurt at work or while performing a work-related task, this insurance program can cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and disability – regardless of fault.
That’s right – you can qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits even if you are entirely or partly responsible for the accident that caused you to get hurt. Georgia’s no-fault system provides that any injured worker can seek and recover benefits.
Can You Sue Your Employer If They Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
The workers’ compensation system is set up to provide swift financial support for injured employees. It’s also designed to protect employers from lawsuits. If your employer has workers’ comp insurance, you’ll waive your right to sue them for injury-related damages. You’ll be required to go through the workers’ compensation system, instead.
There are limited exceptions to this rule. You may have a legitimate case against your employer if they failed to purchase a workers’ comp insurance policy or weren’t required to have it. Generally speaking, though, lawsuits against your employer will be off-limits.
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In the state of Georgia, workers’ compensation can be paid to any employees who suffer an injury at work. This applies to both full and part-time workers, but not independent contractors.
However, you don’t have to get hurt on your employer’s premises to qualify. You can also successfully secure workers’ comp benefits if you get hurt while performing a job-related task or responsibility.
For example, let’s say you’re driving a work van to transport materials to a job site in Atlanta when you get into a traffic accident. You’d qualify for workers’ comp since you were completing a task within the scope of your employment.
We Handle All Workers’ Compensation Matters in Atlanta
People get hurt and injured at work all the time. In 2017, there were more than 78,200 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private injury employees in Georgia. That’s an average of 214 on-the-job injuries every single day.
That figure doesn’t even cover fatal accidents or injuries suffered by public sector employees. Realistically, the number of workplace injuries every year in Georgia is much higher.
Workers’ compensation injuries stem from a wide variety of accidents that might happen on the job. At Hasner Law, we’re prepared to help you fight for compensation for any work-related injury or illness.
We handle all workers’ comepnsation claims, including those involving:
- Slips and falls
- Caught in/between objects
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Hit by a falling object
- Forklift accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective equipment
- Unsafe work conditions
- Assaults or workplace violence, and more.
Give us a quick call or reach out to us online if you’ve suffered an injury or illness at work. We’re always available to take your call and help you when you need us most.
Benefits Available For Any Work-Related Injury or Illness
Under Georgia’s no-fault workers’ compensation system, you can file a claim for benefits if you’ve been hurt at work. The attorneys at Hasner Law will help you pursue compensation for all of your work-related injuries, including:
- Head traumas including traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injury
- Electrical shocks and burns
- Cancer or chronic illness
- Repetitive use injuries (e.g., Carpal Tunnel syndrome)
- Soft tissue injury (e.g., sprains, strains, and bruises)
- Spinal cord damage
- Wrongful death, and more.
Sometimes an injury might prevent you from making it into our office for a free consultation. We don’t want that to stop you from getting the help you need. That’s why our legal team would be happy to travel to you to talk about your case. All you have to do is give us a call and set up a time to chat. Then we can come to you at home, work, or the hospital while you’re in recovery. It’s that easy.
Overview of Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When you get hurt at work, you might experience immediate and long-term financial consequences. Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, you can file a claim to secure the following benefits.
Medical Bills: All of your reasonable and necessary medical expenses will be covered by your workers’ compensation policy, as long as you seek treatment from a pre-approved medical provider and comply with insurer regulations. You may also be entitled to money to cover rehab and mileage.
Temporary Total Disability: If you’re unable to work for more than 7 days, you can potentially receive temporary disability benefits. These benefits can offset your lost wages while you’re out of work. However, you won’t get your entire paycheck. You’ll get, at most, two-thirds of your average weekly wage – up to $575 per week. Benefits will terminate once you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) or you’ve collected TDB for 400 weeks.
Temporary Partial Disability: You may also qualify for benefits if you can return to work in a limited capacity. In these situations, you can receive up to two-thirds of the difference between what you earned before your injury and what you’re capable of earning now, up to $383 per week. PTD benefits can be paid for a maximum of 350 weeks.
Permanent Total Disability: Sometimes, a work-related injury will be so severe that you become permanently and totally disabled. In these situations, you’ll be unable to return to your job and earn a living. If a doctor determines that you have a permanent and total disability, you can receive a percentage of your average weekly wage for the rest of your life.
Permanent Partial Disability: You may be able to get benefits if you are permanently, but only partially, disabled. There are two types of PPD benefits: scheduled and unscheduled. Scheduled awards are based on the body part that’s affected by your injury. Unscheduled awards are based on body parts not listed in the schedule, and are calculated based on your disability rating.
Death Benefits: Children, spouses, or dependents might be able to secure a death benefit, equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage – when a family member is killed on the job in Atlanta. An addition $7,500 may also be available to cover the cost of a funeral.
The workers’ compensation system helps you get money faster than if you filed a lawsuit against your employer. However, the benefits are limited. You can’t get money for things like emotional distress or pain and suffering. Those damages would only be available if you also have a legitimate case against a negligent third party.
How Do I File a Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Georgia?
When it comes to filing a request for workers’ compensation, Georgia has some pretty strict procedures in place. Here’s what you need to know about filing a claim to receive benefits after you get hurt at work.
- Report the Injury: Tell your employer immediately after an accident or you notice an illness. Your injury must be reported no later than one month after you get hurt. Missing this deadline can cost you the right to collect workers’ comp.
- See a Doctor: Make sure that you get to the doctor as soon as you can. However, make sure that you visit a physician who’s pre-approved by your employer. The insurer may decline to pay your medical bills if you visit an unauthorized medical provider. This doesn’t apply if you need emergency medical attention after you get hurt at work.
- File a Claim: To formally request benefits, you’ll have to complete Form WC-14. Once you’ve done that, send copies to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, your employer, and your employer’s insurance company. You’ll have, at most, one year from the date of your injury to file this form.
Once you’ve submitted your claim, your employer’s insurance company will review your request for benefits. If your request is approved, you’ll begin to receive the benefits for which you’re eligible. If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision and fight to get the money you believe you deserve.
You Deserve an Experienced Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer On Your Side
Have you gotten injured on the job while working in Atlanta, Georgia? If so, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can be really helpful as you get back on your feet.
Don’t let insurance companies pay you less in benefits than you deserve. Let the experienced legal team at Hasner Law help you fight to get maximum compensation. Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have been handling complex workers’ compensation cases for nearly two decades. We know Georgia law and what has to be done to get money in your hands.
Contact our Atlanta law firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment. Our team will review your case and explain your legal rights. When you decide to file a claim, we’ll help you navigate the system and demand the money you deserve. There’s a limited time to act, so call us today.