Workers’ Compensation – FAQ
Payment of medical bills and other expenses for all treatment related to the on-the-job injury or accident. Payment of a weekly monetary benefit called Temporary Total Disability (TTD) if you cannot return to work because of the workplace accident or Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) if you are not able to earn the same amount of money as before the workplace accident. Payment of a disability related monetary benefit if you are issued a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) rating from a doctor.
Sometimes you just need a lawyer to figure out if you actually need a lawyer – Our consultations are done at no cost, and many times that is all you need. A lawyer will help you navigate the Workers’ Compensation medical system, address light duty work issues, as well as ensure the workers' compensation doctors treat you fairly and provide all the necessary treatment. As an injured worker who is receiving benefits, you are entitled to a change of physician (panel switch) and an Independent Medical Examination (IME). Certain doctors and treatment facilities are well known to put their interests in front of your interests – we can direct you away from these doctors.
Workers’ Compensation injuries do not always have to be the result of a specific accident, such as a slip and fall or a car collision on the way to work. Georgia Workers’ Compensation law also includes common repetitive use injuries such a carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, torn rotator cuffs, meniscus tears in the knee and numerous other conditions. An employer will rarely recognize its responsibility for such injuries without the involvement of a lawyer. With the experienced help, you can obtain the benefits you are entitled to for any and all injuries covered by Georgia Law.
If you have been injured your employer will expect you to file a report on a designated accident form, which are available in your workplace. In most states there is a time limit set for filing the form, which is important to be conscience of. The accident date and a description of the accident should be filled in and then handed to your supervisor to sign. Be sure to make a personal copy of the completed form as well.
You might have a claim against a separate company or individual, but Workers’ Compensation law tends to favor the employer more than the employee. Therefore, the pain, suffering, and financial loss of an employee is not always covered by Workers' Compensation. When a work injury is caused by the employer or a co-worker, an employee will only be able to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, if an employee is injured due to the negligence of a third party, they may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against that third party while simultaneously pursuing their Workers’ Compensation claim.
Every case is different and you should consult with a lawyer about any question you have about your applicable statute of limitations. However, the best answer is as soon as possible. The injury should immediately be reported to your employer, and filing for benefits should be started as soon as they are needed. Under no circumstances should an injury be reported any later than a year because you then may lose your right to file a claim.
We believe that being local and having the ability to meet with our clients gives our clients an advantage. We also believe that knowledge of the local medical community can be a benefit to our clients. They are able to access information that helps in the successful prosecution of cases against workers compensation insurance companies and their representatives.