Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you are an employee and have been injured on-the-job, Georgia's workers compensation laws typically require that your employer provide you with:
- Reasonable and necessary medical treatment
- Weekly income benefits
- Monies for any permanent disability to your body as a result of your injury
However, many employers and their insurers don't treat injured workers fairly. They often delay or deny medical treatment and payment of income or disability benefits.
Workers compensation laws are extremely complicated. Most employees won't be able to adequately protect their rights unless an experienced workers compensation lawyer files a legal claim for them with the Georgia Board of Workers Compensation. Filing a claim with the Board is the only way to be certain that you get the medical care you need and that you are paid all the monies you are owed as a result of your injury.
Workers' Compensation Benefits
Georgia workers' compensation is a state accident insurance program designed to provide income and medical benefits to employees who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses. This program is a no-fault system, entitling employees to these benefits even if they caused the accident which resulted in their injury. While giving your employer notice of your work injury is a necessary step, it is only by filing a legal claim with the Georgia Board of Workers Compensation that you are fully protected.
There are five different classes of benefits available under the Georgia Workers Compensation Act:
- Medical Benefits (including diagnosis, treatment, physical therapy, medical devices, and medical mileage)
- Income Disability Benefits
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Payments to Dependents in Death Cases
Workers compensation generally covers all medical expenses of a job-related injury or illness through designated treating doctors. You are entitled to select your choice of doctor from the panel of workers compensation doctors that should be posted at your workplace. You are also entitled to change doctors on the panel once without needing permission.
Additionally, if the injury prevents you from returning to work, you are entitled to a fixed weekly income benefit based on a percentage of your regular salary up to a maximum of $500 per week for up to 400 weeks (for catastrophic claims, you may receive lifetime income benefits).
If an authorized treating physician gives you an impairment rating once you've reached maximum medical improvement, then you will also be entitled to additional monies for your permanent disability. We will explain these rights and pursue all the benefits available to you.
Representing Injured Workers Across Georgia
Employees injured on the job need immediate legal representation to protect themselves under Georgia's Workers Compensation laws. Buckley Beal lawyers can help you get the medical treatment and benefits, income benefits, and disability compensation you are entitled to under the law.
We handle all significant on-the-job injuries, including:
- Catastrophic injuries & death
- Back & neck injuries
- Head & brain injuries
- Shoulder, arm, wrist & hand injuries
- Knee, hip, leg, & foot injuries
We will aggressively pursue your workers' compensation claims. We are experienced trial lawyers who have represented employees, labor unions, and the working class, including injured and disabled workers for over 30 years.
Get Answers About Your Claim
Your questions about workers' compensation law will get answered. We will evaluate your case and explain the process for collecting your income, disability, and medical benefits. We will carefully provide you guidance throughout the workers' compensation process.
If you feel your rights as an injured worker are being violated, we can help you. Call (404) 781-1100 to reach us.
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