In Georgia, employers with three or more employees are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance program that protects employees from work-related injuries and illnesses from their very first day on the job. Unfortunately, many workers who file claims are denied benefits, and others who get an initial approval often run into difficulties accessing the full range of benefits due them. If you’ve encountered such difficulties with your claim, Anderson Law Firm is here to help. Since 1993, our Savannah law practice has focused on injured workers. We provide highly personal services and work tirelessly to achieve the results you need.
There are five major categories of benefits available through workers’ compensation:
The injured worker also has responsibilities, such as reporting an injury to the employer within 30 days.
To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, all of the following must be true:
This seems easy enough, but many workers with legitimate claims have those claims denied when an employer claims:
You can also encounter problems later. For example, your treating physician may clear you to return to work before you are fully healed, or you may receive a disability rating that is too low for your condition.
There is usually no reason to consult an attorney when first filing a claim. Simply talk to the person at your company who is designated to handle claims, and make sure you file your claim as soon as possible after you realize you’ve been injured. However, you certainly should contact a lawyer if:
In each of these circumstances, an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney may be able to remove obstacles to your benefits. In many cases, we can also explore the possibility of a personal injury action that would allow you to recover full compensation for your economic losses as well as your pain and suffering.
Anderson Law Firm is devoted to helping injured workers throughout Southern Georgia access the full range of workers’ compensation benefits available to them. If you have been injured or sickened and your condition is job-related, trust us to manage any issues that arise with your claim. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 912-328-6491 or contact us online. We are conveniently located at 340 Eisenhower Drive, about a mile west of the Savannah Botanical Gardens.