Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Assistance in Georgia
When we put in hard work for our employers, we expect to be looked after should we sustain an on-the-job injury, especially in occupations that come with inherent, unavoidable risks. Whether you are working to save for your retirement or are supporting your family, you are counting on that financial support when you become temporarily or permanently unable to work due to an accident. While Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect you in these scenarios, the troubling reality is that your employer’s insurance company may look for ways to avoid paying your growing medical expenses.
If you suffered an injury while on the job, you are in most circumstances entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, even if the accident was your fault. The first step to accessing those benefits is to immediately inform your employer of the incident and injuries. Your next step should be reaching out to our Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers. You should never assume that your employer’s insurance company is on your side or working to protect your interests. Our team at Morrison & Hughes has your back and will fight to get you the benefits you need and deserve. We understand how to cut through red tape, communicate with insurers, and deliver optimal outcomes.
Workers’ Compensation Eligibility, Explained
Understanding whether you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance can be challenging, and you should never assume your employer is being truthful when discussing your eligibility. Under Georgia law, you are entitled to workers’ compensation if you are an employee who sustains an on-the-job injury. Employers with at least three employers are generally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
You are considered an employee whether you are full-time, part-time, or seasonal. It does not matter how many days you have worked: If you perform the duties of an employee, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits when you are injured at work. If you are classified as an independent contractor, you may not be considered an employee and are thus not entitled to benefits in these scenarios. However, many employers misclassify employees as independent contractors to avoid paying these and other benefits, so discuss your case with our Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys if your employer is claiming you do not qualify for benefits on these grounds.
Workers’ compensation covers all on-the-job injuries. This includes physical injuries sustained at your usual worksite or elsewhere if you were on the clock and working on behalf of your employer, meaning workplace car accidents are typically covered. Illnesses and other health conditions directly caused by occupational hazards are also covered. Aside from some very limited exceptions, fault does not matter, so you can get workers’ compensation benefits even if you are to blame for an injury-causing accident.
Still unsure of your eligibility? We are happy to review your situation and walk you through your legal options.
We know the law and are ready to put our over 75 years of combined experience to work for you. Contact us online or call (404) 689-2734 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
Steps to Take after Suffering an Injury at Work
When you suffer a work-related injury, it is always in your best interest to notify your employer as quickly as possible. Specifically, should inform your manager or supervisor of your injuries – in writing – as soon as you can after the incident. You could lose the ability to access workers’ compensation benefits if you do not complete this crucial step within 30 days of the date you were injured.
If your injuries require emergency treatment, do not wait to get medical attention. No matter what your employer or their insurer says, they must cover emergency treatment.
For non-emergency treatment, your employer must provide you with a list of approved healthcare providers. These providers may not be looking out for you – they could be quietly working with your employer or have a reputation for offering substandard care.
We urge you to discuss your case with a legal professional before agreeing to see one of your employer’s approved providers. Our team is familiar with local providers and will work to ensure you receive the quality treatment you deserve.
Can I Sue My Employer If Their Negligence Caused My Injuries?
Unfortunately, no. Even if your employer exhibited gross negligence, you cannot usually file a personal injury lawsuit against them. You can access workers’ compensation benefits without proving negligence or wrongdoing, however. Furthermore, if you were injured due to the negligence of a person or organization that is not affiliated with your employer, you may be able to pursue a third-party lawsuit against that party in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Again, you only have 30 days from the date of injury to notify your employer. Once this requirement has been met, you will have up to one year from the date of the accident to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you have an occupational illness, you will typically get one year from the date you reasonably should have suspected a link between your job and your illness to file a claim.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits If My Injuries Were My Fault?
Some employers will try to tell you that you cannot get workers’ compensation benefits if your actions caused an accident. The truth is that you are covered by workers’ compensation benefits even if you are to blame for your injuries, though there are several important exceptions. You cannot generally get workers’ compensation benefits if the accident was caused by your intoxication or use of drugs or alcohol. You also cannot get benefits if you were injured while trying to harm yourself or someone else.
At Morrison & Hughes, we utilize advanced technology, such as automated flying drones for car inspections and 3D printers to print medical models, to ensure that every detail of your case is reviewed and analyzed. We make sure to have all the needed evidence to set your case up for success.
Our team includes former defense attorneys, granting us invaluable insight into the strategies and tactics employed by the opposition. This unique perspective empowers us to build robust cases and anticipate the other side's moves, ultimately ensuring our clients receive the strongest representation and are positioned to obtain favorable outcomes in their personal injury claims.
At our law firm, we ensure that every client receives personalized attention directly from a skilled and experienced lawyer. When you hire us, you can rest assured that your case will be handled by a dedicated attorney, not delegated to support staff, maximizing the quality and effectiveness of our legal representation.
Our founding partners, Hil and Tristan, both have over 20 years of experience defending the rights of the injured. With a proven track record of successful outcomes, our deep knowledge and understanding of the complexities involved in personal injury cases ensure clients receive the utmost care and dedication throughout the legal process.