Were You Injured at Work? Morrison & Hughes Won't Back Down

Atlanta 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 faultThe 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 Atlanta 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.

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At Morrison & Hughes, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "Tristan and his firm come in hard and go hard the whole time."

    He went out of his way, above and beyond to make sure I got what I deserved. He is extremely knowledgeable and Uber clever, sharp as a pin. By far the best personal injury firm I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

    Adrien P.
    "They handled this case with the utmost professionalism and courtesy."

    This is the first time that I have ever had to deal with something so traumatic, but Morrison & Hughes made the experience much more pleasant and endurable. I would highly recommend this law firm.

    Jose H.
    "I'm So Glad That I Didn't Choose a TV Lawyer"

    The lawyers at MH are friendly and easy to talk to. They understood how to handle my case from the beginning, even though it had a lot of complicated issues.

    Janice B.
    "Knowledgeable & Precise"

    I am very pleased with how Tristan handled my case. I found him through another firm but knew nothing about him other than their recommendation. I found him to be knowledgeable and precise in his dealings with my case.

    Debbie
    "Above and Beyond."

    Hill Hughes was awesome to work with. He went above and beyond to fight for me. If you need good lawyers, this is the place to go. They fight long and hard for each of their clients.

    Former Client
    "Highly Recommend"

    Mr. Morrison is one other the most helpful attorney I know he is kind and also good at his job. He is straight to the point.

    Tracy
    "Workman’s Comp Case"

    He is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable about Workman’s Comp. I received my benefits expeditiously. Thanks, Mr. Morrison.

    Nathan
    "All We Wanted Was What Was “Right”"

    We came to Tristan when my husband’s workman’s comp agreement was abruptly halted last year. Throughout the process, Tristan was steady and measured, and quoted diligence, not hype.

    Brooke

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 Atlanta 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.

Keep careful records of all the medical attention you receive. This includes the names and contact information for all emergency and non-emergency providers, the dates of your visits, and details of the treatments you are given. Preserve copies of all medical records, especially those that outline work restrictions. All of this documentation will help us build the best possible case as we help prepare to file your formal claim.

If You Became Sick from Toxic Exposure at Work, You May Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Many people associate workers’ compensation with physical injuries caused by workplace accidents. While these injuries are usually covered, workers’ compensation insurance also extends to occupational illnesses. If you become ill due to exposure to toxic chemicals in your workplace – or any other factor specific to your job – you are likely entitled to benefits. You should notify your employer of the link between your illness and the work-related condition as soon as you begin to suspect a connection exists. Our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers can then help you gather evidence that establishes this connection.

Get Dedicated Legal Support

At Morrison & Hughes, we recognize that sustaining any workplace injury can be stressful and overwhelming. You do not have to go through the process of securing benefits alone. We understand how to effectively negotiate with insurers and combat unseemly tactics intended to rob you of what you deserve. No matter the complexity of your case, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys are prepared to provide personalized support and aggressive advocacy every step of the way.

If you were injured at work, do not wait to discuss your case with us. Call (404) 689-2734 or contact us online today.

Our FAQ

  • Is a Crash Automatically Considered a Workplace Car Accident If I Was Driving a Company Car?

    No. Driving a company car at the time of a collision does not automatically mean the crash is a workplace car accident or that you are entitled to workers’ compensation insurance. The usual rules still apply: You must have been “on the clock” and/or doing something to benefit your employer when the collision occurred. This includes situations where your boss or employer allows you to use a company car when you are not at work.

  • How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?

    You must notify your employer of any work-related injury within 30 days of the date of injury, but it is in your best interest to inform your boss in writing as soon as you can after the accident. Then, you will have one year from the date of the accident to file your workers’ compensation claim. If you are interested in pursuing a third-party lawsuit, you will typically have two years from the date of the accident to start the legal process.

  • 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.

  • What is an IME, and why would the insurance company want one?

    The law does not require you to fill out a written accident report in order to get workers’ compensation benefits. That said, you can use your work accident report as a chance to document all of your injuries. Make sure to list every single part of your body that was hurt in the accident, even if it does not seem badly hurt. Some injuries don’t seem that bad at first. If you don’t list a body part, the insurance company will almost always deny you care for that part of your body. So be as accurate, complete, and honest as possible.

  • It's been weeks and I haven’t received a check from the insurance adjuster for my workers’ compensation lost-wage benefits. What

    If your authorized doctor excuses you from work, and your claim has been accepted by the insurance company, you should be getting weekly “TTD” benefits checks. If not, call us today to enforce your rights.

  • The insurance company wants to talk to me. What should I say?

    Don’t talk to the insurance company alone. If it gets to the point where the insurance company wants to take a recorded statement, it’s serious enough that you want legal help on your side. Call an experienced attorney who can represent you. Workers’ compensation is complicated, and one wrong word can keep you from getting the compensation you deserve.

  • What should I tell the doctor?

    Tell the doctor everything at the beginning. A serious injury may not have major symptoms at first. Even if it seems minor to you, tell your doctors about all of your problems and all of the parts of your body which were hurt at work. For example, if you fell and injured your ankle, but you also have some back pain, you need to tell the doctor about both your ankle and your back. Failure to give your doctor a full, honest report of your injury may let the insurance company argue that your injuries were not caused by your accident.

  • I was hurt at work. Do I have to go to the doctor on my employer's panel of physicians?

    Yes. Keep your doctor appointments. Even if you’d prefer to go to your own doctor, make sure to keep the appointments that your employer has set up. Refusing to cooperate with your medical treatment may cause you to lose certain benefits. If you think that the doctor selected by your employer or their insurance company isn’t treating your fairly, contact our Atlanta personal injury lawyers to help you determine your rights. Don’t wait too long! Severe medical conditions may not seem serious at first. It is important that you contact help as soon as you can. Personal injury cases need immediate attention.

Why Choose Morrison & Hughes?

What Makes Us Different
  • Experienced Legal Advocates
    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.
  • Dedicated Legal Counsel
    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.
  • Unique Legal Insight
    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.
  • Innovative Legal Strategies
    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.

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Answer just a few easy questions, and we’ll be able to help tell if you have a case! Please note that this is not legal advice, and we aren’t your attorney yet. It’s just a quick way to get some basic information. We strongly recommend that you contact us for a free consultation and speak to a live attorney to figure out what your case is worth.

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    • Unfortunately, most causes of action are barred after 2 years. If your case is not already in litigation, you have probably lost your right to sue. There are a very few times when that may not be true, so we recommend you call another law firm for confirmation. We unfortunately won’t be able to help with your case, ourselves. If your case is already in litigation, we recommend you call us. At this stage, determining what your case is worth and what your rights may be will require more questions than we can do online. Give us a call at 404-800-5297 and schedule a time with an attorney.

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        You may have a case, depending on what type of care you have gotten, but we’ll need to actually talk to you to figure out the value of your case and give you good advice. Please give us a call at 404-800-5297 and be ready to tell us about which doctors you have seen, pictures of the cars involved, and your drivers’ license. We look forward to talking to you!

      Generally, to prove that you are injured, you need to get medical care soon after the collision. If it’s been more than 30 days since the collision, it’s going to be very difficult to prove your injuries are a result of the crash. Another problem with waiting so long is that evidence – like videos and witness reports – are going to be hard, if not impossible to find. We recommend that you call us, or another attorney, during business hours and ask for an evaluation of your case. Please have pictures of the cars and your driver’s license available.

    • That’s very good. Please keep those pictures and do not delete them. When we talk to you, please send them over.

    • It sounds like you have a case that we can assist you with. We’d love to reach out to you, so please fill out the information on the next page so we’ll have a good contact number for you. In the meantime, keep a copy of any medical paperwork, pictures, or other evidence about the crash in an easily accessible place. We’ll ask you for them when we talk. Remember, there’s no attorney-client relationship until we get a chance to talk to you, so also do the following: Don’t talk to the at-fault insurance company Tell your doctors about each body part that hurts, even minor pain Don’t post about this on social media. Make your profile private

      You may have a case, depending on what type of care you have gotten, but we’ll need to talk to you to figure out the value of your case and give you good advice. Please give us a call at 404-800-5297 and be ready to tell us about which doctors you have seen, pictures of the cars involved, and your drivers’ license number. We look forward to talking to you!

    • Unfortunately, most causes of action are barred after 2 years. If your case is not already in litigation, you have probably lost your right to sue. There are a very few times when that may not be true, so we recommend you call another law firm for confirmation. We unfortunately won’t be able to help with your case, ourselves. If your case is already in litigation, we recommend you call us. At this stage, determining what your case is worth and what your rights may be will require more questions than we can do online. Give us a call at 404-800-5297 and schedule a time with an attorney.

    • Fall cases are very complicated and we’d like to have one of our attorneys call you to discuss further. In the meantime, while you are waiting, can you please get together any photos of the area (if you have them), medical records, and anything else you believe may be helpful? Also, we’d recommend: Don’t talk to the at-fault insurance company. Tell your doctors about each body part that hurts, even minor pain. Don’t post about this on social media. Make your profile private.

    • Unfortunately, most causes of action are barred after 2 years. If your case is not already in litigation, you have probably lost your right to sue. There are a very few times when that may not be true, so we recommend you call another law firm for confirmation. We unfortunately won’t be able to help with your case, ourselves. If your case is already in litigation, we recommend you call us. At this stage, determining what your case is worth and what your rights may be will require more questions than we can do online. Give us a call at 404-800-5297 and schedule a time with an attorney.

    • Dog bite and dog attack cases are complicated, and we’d like to have one of our attorneys call you to discuss further. In the meantime, while you are waiting, can you please get together any photos of the area, the dog, and your injuries (if you have them), medical records, and anything else you believe may be helpful? Also, we’d recommend: Don’t talk to the at-fault insurance company or dog owner. Tell your doctors about each body part that hurts, even minor pain. Don’t post about this on social media. Make your profile private.

    • Wrongful death cases are complicated, and we’d like to have one of our attorneys call you to discuss further. To prepare for that discussion, we recommend that you get together any photos, medical records, police reports, and anything else you believe may be helpful? Also, we’d recommend: Don’t talk to the at-fault insurance company or negligent person. Don’t post about this on social media. Make your profile private.

      Unfortunately, most causes of action are barred after 2 years. If your case is not already in litigation, you have probably lost your right to sue. There are a very few times when that may not be true, so we recommend you call another law firm for confirmation. We unfortunately won’t be able to help with your case, ourselves. If your case is already in litigation, we recommend you call us. At this stage, determining what your case is worth and what your rights may be will require more questions than we can do online. Give us a call at 404-800-5297 and schedule a time with an attorney.

      • I’d recommend that you talk with one of our attorneys before getting the surgery. It sounds like you may have a workers’ compensation claim that we can help with, and surgery is a big part of that claim. We’ll take your info and send it over to our attorney intake team to schedule a call with you. Please fill out the information below and we’ll give you a call soon!

      • I’d like to get your information so we have someone contact you and discuss if there’s anything further workers compensation can do for you. Once you’ve had surgery under workers compensation, there are some additional benefits which you may be entitled to, even if you have gone back to work. Generally, after surgery, the insurance company may be required to pay you a “permanent partial disability” payment, depending on how well the surgery went. Fill out the next page form and we’ll give you a call!

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        For a minor injury, you may not want or need an attorney. Settling a workers’ compensation almost always involves a resignation. So, consider whether involving a lawyer is in your best interest. If you would still like a free legal consult, please give us a call at 404-800-5297

    • Unfortunately, most causes of action are barred after 2 years. If your case is not already in litigation, you have probably lost your right to sue. There are a very few times when that may not be true, so we recommend you call another law firm for confirmation. We unfortunately won’t be able to help with your case, ourselves. If your case is already in litigation, we recommend you call us. At this stage, determining what your case is worth and what your rights may be will require more questions than we can do online. Give us a call at 404-800-5297 and schedule a time with an attorney.

    • Medical malpractice is very complicated, so we’re going to send this information to an attorney to review and, if it looks like you have a valid claim, an attorney will give you a call to discuss your rights. In the meantime, if you have medical records which support your claim, please have them ready for review.

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      • Federal law requires certain types of employees to be paid time and a half (overtime) when working more than 40 hours during a given work week. Therefore, when you tell us what happened, make sure to include your job title, your typical work week, how much you were paid, and whether you were ever paid overtime.

        Being forced to work through unpaid breaks on a regular basis is wage theft. For example, if you have a regularly scheduled lunch break, for which you are not paid, but your employer requires you to work through lunch without paying you, you may be entitled to compensation. Therefore, when you tell us what happened, make sure to include your job title, which breaks are involved, and roughly how many co-workers are also having wages stolen.

        Being forced to work before or after clocking out is a violation of Federal law. This is sometimes called “wage theft”. When you tell us what happened, make sure to include your job title, your pay rate, and roughly how many co-workers are also having wages stolen.

    • Ok, we’ll send this over to an attorney to look over. If it sounds like you have a claim under the law, we’ll ask someone to call you to get some more information. In the meantime, if you have any emails, or wage stubs, time logs, or anything that you think will help your claim, please have them ready.

    • We’ll have an attorney take a look at this. If it’s something we can help with, please expect a call from an attorney in the next day or so. If not, you may still have a claim, but it’s one we can’t help with. If you don’t get a call from us, we may not be able to help you, so please find another attorney to give you some advice soon, because there are a lot of deadlines in the law.

when you have been injured, we won't back down It can feel like the system is designed for you to lose- but with attorneys who don't back down on your side, you can fight- and win.