Atlanta Lost Time Benefits Lawyer
Workplace injuries and financial struggles go hand in hand. Insurance companies and employers are sometimes reluctant to pay you benefits under Georgia law for on-the-job injuries. They may play games that leave you wondering about your future. That’s where we come in.
Contact us today for your free consultation.
How Can Hasner Law, P.C. Help After A Workplace Injury in Georgia
Workplace injuries often result in lost wages. If you were injured on the job, you might not be able to return to work until you recover. If you return too soon, you could even injure yourself more seriously. So, what do you do to replace your lost wages while you heal?
Attorney Stephen R. Hasner has dedicated his career to workplace injury and workers’ compensation cases. He started out representing insurance companies and later felt called to help injured workers get the compensation they deserve after an accident. He even co-founded the Georgia Injured Workers’ Advocates.
The Hasner Law, P.C. team has over 80 years of combined experience in workers’ compensation and personal injury matters.
When you hire our Atlanta personal injury lawyers to represent you, we will:
- Assist you in reporting your injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident
- Help you obtain treatment from a doctor pre-approved by your employer
- Work with you to file a claim with Form WC-14 and send copies to the employer, the insurance company, and the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, within one year of injury to avoid missing the deadline
- Gather and preserve evidence of your workplace incident and injuries
- Negotiate with insurers on your behalf
- Present your case to the Administrative Law Judge at a hearing
Your future and financial well-being are too important to risk going it alone. Your employer will have attorneys fighting tooth and nail on their behalf. You need experienced legal counsel fighting for you as well. Don’t hesitate to contact us for your free consultation with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer.
What is My Lost Benefits Case Worth?
In 2019, workers’ compensation insurance providers in Georgia received 32,916 claims from injured workers for wages. They paid out $725,084,888 in wage protection (indemnity claims). This figure works out to approximately $22,028 in lost wages paid out per claim filed.
These statistics are not necessarily reflective of what to expect in your claim. Every case is different. An experienced Atlanta lost time benefits attorney at Hasner Law, P.C. can evaluate your case to determine its worth.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive for Lost Time Benefits in Atlanta?
There are four types of Income Benefits available under Georgia Workers’ Comp law.
- Temporary Total Disability Benefits
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
The typical income benefit is 2/3 of your average weekly pay, capped at $675.00 per week. You may be eligible for up to 400 weeks of income protection, but the length of time you can receive benefits varies greatly depending on your injuries.
Lost time benefits can get complicated. Hasner Law, P.C. can evaluate your unique situation to see what your benefits may look like.
What If An Employer Tries to Fire You for Filing a Claim?
Unfortunately, Georgia law does not prevent your employer from firing you when you report an injury and file a claim for Workers’ Comp. However, they should still be on the hook for paying you your lost time benefits. Your long term health and well-being are far more important than worrying about an unethical termination by your employer.
We know how stressful it is to worry about a retaliatory firing by your employer. Contact an experienced lost time benefits attorney at Hasner Law, P.C. to go over your case with you.
What if My Employer is Trying to Blame Me for My Workplace Injury?
Georgia Workers’ Compensation law is “no fault.” This means you should be entitled to lost time benefits even if you were responsible for the accident — as long as it occurred while you were performing your work duties,
However, there are exceptions that employers and insurers will use to avoid paying you the money you deserve. Examples include alcohol or drug use, intentional or willful misconduct, or refusal to use safety equipment. The employer may also argue your injury occurred outside the scope of your employment.
Don’t let your employer push you around or act like they are doing you a favor. You came to the job every day and worked hard for them. Under state law, they owe you lost time benefits for workplace injuries. If your employer is playing games, contact Hasner Law, P.C. right away so we can get to work fighting on your behalf.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
You should report your accident to your employer within 30 days to recover workers’ compensation benefits for your injury. Past this, you have one year to file your claim for benefits.
Contact an Atlanta Lost Time Benefits Lawyer for a Free Consultation
You worry about getting back on your feet. Let us worry about your Workers’ Comp claim. Our Atlanta lost time benefits lawyers are here to help you through this confusing process from start to finish.
Don’t wait — contact us today for your free and confidential consultation.