Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney
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Anyone who has suffered a work-related injury or illness in the Atlanta area needs to know Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws and how they may come into play. A reliable Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney can help an injured employee navigate the complex workers’ compensation claims process and handle any issues that arise, including delayed or denied benefits, employer retaliation, and additional civil actions when workers’ comp benefits aren’t enough to cover the cost of a work-related injury.
The lawyers at Cruz & Associates in Atlanta cater exclusively to workers’ compensation clients. This degree of specialization means that our experience has built our track record of success, and our clients can rest assured knowing we’re handling their workers’ compensation cases to the best of our ability, and with a quarter century of experience under our belts.read more
Workers’ Comp in Atlanta
The Georgia workers’ compensation system exists to provide relief to workers who suffer on-the-job injuries, or who contract illnesses from their work environments. A work-related injury or illness can mean expensive medical bills, lost wages from time missed from work, and possibly other legal entanglements with third parties that may have contributed to the illness or injury. Hiring an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to help represent you against your negligent employer is your best bet in securing maximum compensation.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that Georgia employers pay for to help cover employees’ expenses after an illness or injury from work-related activity. Under Georgia state law, every employee has coverage under his or her employer’s workers’ compensation policy starting on the first day of work.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
The claims process starts as soon as an employee suffers an injury at work, or contracts an illness that more likely than not originated in the work environment. The injured employee must report the incident to his or her supervisor as soon as possible, ideally immediately. Any delay in reporting an injury or illness to an employer can complicate the claims process and may even lead to a denial of benefits. After reporting the issue to a supervisor, the employer must provide the employee with the claims paperwork and notify the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
After filing the claim, the injured employee must submit to a medical screening. The employer must provide employees with the names of medical care providers who can fulfill this requirement. Injured employees receive medical care through the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization contracted by the employer. There are limits to how many times an injured employee may switch doctors, so it’s vital to read the claims paperwork and employee obligations carefully.
Workers’ Compensation Claims with the Help of an Attorney
Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation laws state that injured employees will receive compensation for their hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, doctor’s bills, emergency transportation fees, and all other medical expenses arising from the work-related injury. Workers’ compensation also provides a portion of the employee’s lost wages. An injured employee will receive two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage (but no more than $575 per week).
It’s important for all injured employees to remember that workers’ compensation benefits only last for a while, but employees who suffer catastrophic injuries may qualify for lifetime benefits. Some employees find that they cannot fulfill their previous job’s duties, after a work-related injury. These employees’ employers may opt to provide them with a different position they can handle, but this isn’t always possible.
There are countless issues that can complicate a workers’ comp claim. An injured employee has enough to worry about without having to deal with complex claims and appeals processes. Sometimes workers’ compensation isn’t enough to fully cover the cost of an injury, and a personal injury lawsuit or product liability claim, is an appropriate next step. The Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at Cruz & Associates are here to help. Contact our Atlanta office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We can let you know how we can help with the workers’ compensation claims process and notify you of any potential for additional legal action.