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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.

Catastrophic Injuries vs. Non-Catastrophic Injuries

Workplace injuries can be broken into two categories: catastrophic and non-catastrophic:

  • 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.
  • For 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 nearly 30 yearsof 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!

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