Rights of Injured Workers in Atlanta, GA
Have you been injured on the job? If so, it is vital that you know your
rights as an injured worker and that you exercise them during this difficult
time so you don't take the hit twice. Anyone who is injured at work
due to reasons that are beyond their control should not be held responsible
to pay for their own medical care or any other damages. Many employers
are hesitant to fork out the full amount of workers' compensation
benefits that their employee deserves for their injury.
If this is the case with you, then you have the right to fight and go after
the restitution that you are legally entitled to. Speak to an Atlanta
workers' compensation attorney from the Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C. today
learn more about your rights as an injured worker.
What are my rights as an injured worker under Georgia law?
In Georgia, every employer who has more than three workers is required
to carry the necessary workers' compensation insurance in case one
of their employees was to be injured.
Under that same note, your employer is required to post a list of six different
doctors who accept your employee insurance. Once you inform your employer
of your injury and you ask about compensation for medical care, your employer
must file a formal claim with their insurance provider to be reviewed.
Sometimes, however, insurance companies deny these claims in which case
you have the right to file a workers' compensation appeal. When you
file a denial appeal you will be given a date for a court hearing where
you will be given the chance to dispute their denial.
As an injured worker, you have the right to full compensation.
If your employer tries to get you to accept a settlement that is lower
than what you deserve, then you should obtain an Atlanta worker's
compensation attorney to negotiate the settlement for you. You are not
legally obligated to accept their offer or to sign any documents, so take
your time and speak with your lawyer before accepting any agreement. If
you pay for your medical expenses and any ongoing treatment out of your
own pocket, then you could end up in serious financial hardship. Not to
mention you may also have experienced a loss of income due to your inability to work.
How Is Medical Treatment Provided
in Georgia Workers’ Comp Claims?
Hurt workers are entitled to medical treatment at the employer and insurance
company’s expense. Learn more about the method through which such
treatment can be provided.
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Catastrophic Injuries vs. Non-Catastrophic Injuries
Workplace injuries can be broken into two categories: catastrophic and
Injuries such as amputations, paralysis, blindness, or major head injuries
are all considered to be
catastrophic. In cases of this nature, as the employee you are eligible to receive
2/3 of your typically weekly pay (up to $500 a week in benefits) as long
as you are unable to work.
non-catastrophic injury cases where minor injuries are sustained, you may qualify for 2/3
of your weekly pay ($500 max) as long as you are deemed fully disabled.
If they find you are capable of performing your weekly duties, your benefits
may be reduced to $334 a week.
In the event that a worker is killed on the job, their family would be
eligible for death benefits. They will be given $7,500 for burial expenses,
as well as 2/3 of the deceased's average weekly pay.
Recovering Compensation for Injured Workers in Atlanta
Need to speak with a work injury lawyer? As the employee it is your responsibility
to inform your employer of your injury no later than 30 days after the
incident. If your workers' compensation claim is denied, you have
the right to fight and appeal the denial in order to retrieve the benefits
that are rightfully yours. You need the most experienced workers'
comp attorney in Atlanta.
Here at Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C., we have
26+ years of experience helping injured workers throughout Georgia in their efforts to recover
compensation. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers
and personal injury victims and we know when to stand and fight. We handle
a broad range or
work accident cases including catastrophic injuries and our legal team can help you
maximize your claim so you get the full settlement you deserve.
Our firm can review your case for free, so
fill out our online form!