Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Were you or a loved one injured while working in Georgia? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. An experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer at Hasner Law, P.C. can protect your rights under state workers’ compensation and personal injury laws.
Collectively, our legal team has over 80 years of experience holding employers responsible for the damages they owe injured employees–and we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf.
How Hasner Law, P.C. Can Help With a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Georgia
There’s always the risk that you could be injured on the job. Unfortunately, sometimes your injuries or illness prevent you from working. That can put you in a difficult position.
Unfortunately, the process for recovering workers’ comp benefits can get tricky. You have to meet strict deadlines and worry about insurance rules and regulations. Your initial claim could even be denied or challenged. Our Georgia personal injury lawyers at Hasner Law, P.C. can help.
Hiring us means you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Evaluate all options for recovering compensation
- Assess the value of your claim
- Defend you if your claim is challenged or denied
- Negotiate with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier on your behalf
Our Georgia personal injury attorneys specialize in protecting workers’ rights. Our founding attorney co-founded the Georgia Injured Workers’ Advocates (GWIA) and is Chairman of the Workplace Injury Network Political Action Committee.
Don’t take our word for it. Call to learn more about how we can put more than 80 years of experience to work for you.
How Common Are Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in Georgia?
In 2019, over 2.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 5,300 people were killed on the job. In Georgia alone, 207 workers lost their lives in fatal workplace accidents.
According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor, 8,434 workers’ compensation claims were filed in Georgia during the first ten months of 2021. As of November 1, 2021, the state board of workers’ compensation had paid out more than $269 million in compensation to injured workers.
What is My Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Worth?
The value of your claim will depend on a few different factors, including:
- Your average weekly wages
- The length of your recovery time
- The cost of your medical treatment
- Whether you’ll be able to work once you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI)
Your weekly cash benefits will equal about ⅔ of your average weekly wages. In most cases, you can receive temporary workers’ comp benefits for up to 400 weeks. It’s also possible that you could qualify for permanent disability benefits if your injuries are particularly severe.
The value of your weekly check is also subject to a state-mandated cap of $675 per week if you were injured after July 2019. If you’re able to work in some partial capacity, your weekly check could be even less.
We don’t have to tell you how important it is to get the full compensation you deserve after a work accident. At Hasner Law, P.C., we’re here to help you fight for every penny you deserve. To learn more, call our law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, for a free case review today.
What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available to Injured Workers in Georgia?
Workers’ compensation provides critical benefits to Georgia workers who are injured at work. Those benefits are primarily economic–they are meant to cover financial losses caused by the injury.
Several different types of benefits are available, including:
- Medical care
- Disability benefits
- Vision or hearing loss benefits
- Benefits to compensate for loss of the use of a body part
- Death benefits for survivors of fatal work accident victims
Do you have questions about the benefits you’re entitled to receive? Call Hasner Law, P.C. for a free case evaluation today. Our Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys are standing by to help you fight for the maximum compensation available.
Georgia workers’ compensation covers all reasonable and necessary medical expenses to treat your injury or illness.
- Doctors’ bills
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Medical and vocational rehabilitation
However, to qualify for benefits, you are required to see a doctor that’s been approved by your employer.
Cash benefits are available to injured workers who miss at least seven days of work because of an injury. Once your injury causes you to miss at least 21 days of work, you’ll also be retroactively compensated for the first seven missed workdays.
The type of disability benefits you receive will depend on the severity of your injury and your recovery time.
Available benefits include:
- Temporary total disability benefits
- Temporary partial disability benefits
- Permanent partial disability benefits
- Permanent total disability benefits
You should consider filing a claim as quickly as possible after your injury. That way, you can start receiving your benefit checks within a few weeks.
Can I Sue My Employer for Additional Damages?
Georgia workers’ compensation laws prohibit injured employees from suing an employer for damages. Instead, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, without any need to prove that your employer caused your injuries or illness.
Third parties aren’t entitled to the same protection. You may be entitled to file a lawsuit against negligent third parties who caused your injury or illness. These lawsuits are called “third-party claims.”
You may be entitled to file a third-party claim against:
- Property owners
- Negligent drivers if you were hurt in a car accident or truck accident
- Manufacturers of defective work equipment or vehicles
- General contractors
The fact is, workers’ comp provides benefits quickly. However, those benefits aren’t always enough to cover the full range of harm you’ve suffered. If you’re eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit, our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers can also help you seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The full amount of your lost income
- Reduced future earning potential
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement
- Anxiety, depression, or PTSD
- Loss of consortium
You can count on our attorneys in Atlanta, GA, to pursue all types of damages that may be available. That includes non-economic damages in a third-party lawsuit.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Workplace Accident in Georgia?
Workers’ comp is a no-fault system. You can receive full benefits even if you were responsible for your injuries or illness. You don’t have to prove negligence.
However, the state of Georgia has a modified comparative negligence law that applies in personal injury cases. You’re only entitled to file a third-party claim if you were less than 50% responsible for the accident or illness.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Workplace Accident Injuries
Our lawyers at Hasner Law, P.C. are prepared to help you fight to recover compensation for all of your workplace injuries and illnesses, including:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Respiratory diseases and lung damage
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Chest injuries and organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Do you have questions about your legal rights? Call our lawyers in Georgia for a free initial consultation today.
What Causes Most Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in Georgia?
You can claim workers’ comp anytime you were injured or sustained a medical condition during the course of employment. That’s true whether you work on a dangerous construction site or in an office downtown.
Our lawyers know that any work-related injury can be devastating. We represent clients who were injured because of:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Unsafe work conditions
- Dangerous or defective work equipment
- Lack of safety protection
- Construction site accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from heights
- Repetitive motions
- Lifting heavy objects
- Failure to follow OSHA safety regulations
- And more
You’re entitled to benefits regardless of whether your employer was negligent. We’re here to help you get the fair benefits you deserve. Just give us a quick call today to learn more about your rights.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Georgia?
Georgia has strict rules about claiming workers’ compensation. You’re required to report your injury to your employer within 30 days. Otherwise, you risk losing your right to benefits.
In third-party claims cases, the statute of limitations in Georgia gives you two years to file a lawsuit for additional damages.
Contact a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Hurt on the job in Georgia? Call Hasner Law, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer today. We’re here to help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.