Injured on the job in Georgia? Let us guide you through the workers compensation process
Workers compensation programs provide money and medical benefits to workers who have sustained injuries as a result of an on-the-job accident, injury, or occupational disease. If you have been injured on the job, you have the right to file a workers compensation claim.
Workers compensation is designed to protect employees and their dependents against the hardships of occupational injury, or even death. Work-related injuries are often severe and result in serious disability that prevents the injured worker from returning to gainful employment. Many injuries involve falls, defective products, or machinery, or repetitive stress.
Who can file a workers compensation claim?
You must be an employee to qualify for workers compensation, although you do not need to be a full-time employee. In this context, an employee is defined as someone who works for another under a contract of hire and receives a salary or hourly wage. You can be employed by more than one employer and a written employment contract is not necessary. Illegal aliens, prisoners, and minors can all be considered employees.
How our workers compensation attorneys can help
The attorneys at Hasty Pope LLP have been through the workers compensation process with many clients, many times. To protect the legal rights of a person who has been injured in an on-the-job accident, many complicated issues must be considered and properly addressed. These include complying with a potentially large number of deadlines and carefully maneuvering through conversations with the insurance company. To protect your interest, it is wise to hire legal help so you can take care of the business of healing. Also, sometimes a separate personal injury claim may also be filed against a negligent party.
There are very specific rules that apply to disability payments, returning to work after an injury, medical treatment, physician changes, vocational rehabilitation, and permanent partial disability benefits. The best way to avoid pitfalls is to contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Our workers compensation attorneys can advise you of your rights, help you meet deadlines, file a successful claim, or appeal a denied claim.
Reach out to your workers compensation attorneys in Georgia
If you have suffered a workplace injury or contracted an occupational disease and are considering a workers compensation claim, contact the attorneys at Hasty Pope LLP today.