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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.

Benefits available under Georgia’s workers’ compensation law

There are five major categories of benefits available through workers’ compensation:

  • Medical treatment — Injured workers are entitled to have their expenses paid for all reasonable and necessary treatment.
  • Wage replacement — A worker who is hurt on the job and unable to work is entitled to partial wage replacement, usually at two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage or salary.
  • Disability — Workers who are partially or totally disabled due to a work-related injury or illness are entitled to cash benefits.
  • Job retraining — Employees who can no longer continue with the type of work they did before becoming ill or injured are entitled to retraining paid for by the employer’s insurance.
  • Death benefits — Families of fatally injured workers receive benefits that include funeral and burial costs as well as wage replacement.

The injured worker also has responsibilities, such as reporting an injury to the employer within 30 days.

Who is eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, all of the following must be true:

  • You are an employee.
  • Your employer is required to carry workers’ comp insurance.
  • You have a work-related injury or illness.

This seems easy enough, but many workers with legitimate claims have those claims denied when an employer claims:

  • There is no employer-employee relationship.
  • There is no injury.
  • The injury is not work-related.

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.

When you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney

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:

  • Your employer denies your claim.
  • Your employer doesn’t pay your benefits promptly.
  • The insurer makes an offer of settlement for your lost wages or medical bills.
  • You disagree with your treating physician and are prevented from getting a second opinion.
  • You cannot return to your old job because of your injury or illness.
  • You become permanently disabled, either partially or totally.
  • You are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits.
  • You face retaliation on the job for filing your workers’ comp claim.
  • Your injury is due to the negligent act or omission of a third party with whom you do not have an employer-employee or coworker relationship.
  • Your injury is due to a defective product, tool or piece of machinery.
  • Your injury is due to your employer’s serious misconduct.

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.

Contact our Savannah law office for your workers’ compensation case

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.

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