Work-Related Injuries in Alpharetta, GA
If you suffered from an on-the-job accident in Alpaharetta, Ga, it is imperative you contact our Work Injury Lawyers for assistance in handling your work-injury claim.
Our Alpharetta personal injury lawyers aggressively represent injured workers' and their employee rights against unlawful actions executed by their employer.
Often employers refuse benefits to employees in attempt to prevent worker's comp insurance from spiraling, ultimately costing the employer more money.
Denying workers' benefits for the companies own financial gain is unacceptable and unjustifiable.
Workers' Compensation Benefits are designed to provide employers financial compensation for lost work and medical bills after suffering an injury.
If you get injured on the job its important that you understand your Georgia's workers' compensation system. Many times after an injury at work, workers' compensation may be your only means of receiving an income after an injury, so understanding your workers' compensation system is important.
The types of injuries covered by workers' compensation include physical injuries, illnesses, and some psychological, or stress-related injuries. These injuries and illnesses are prone to happen at any time so as long as they are work-related employees are entitled to benefits.
Receiving workers compensation benefits means that you cannot initiate a civil lawsuit against your employer. Instead, you must file a claim through your state's administrative workers' compensation agency.
For majority of employers it is mandatory to pay into the workers' compensation system by purchasing insurance through the state's workers' compensation fund.
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The "Statue of Limitations" dictates how soon you must file a claim for workers' compensation benefits after a workplace injury has occurred.
The general rule in Georgia is that a claim for benefits must be filed within one year of the accident date or the right to compensation is barred. States also have much shorter deadlines for notifying one's employer with regard to a work place injury (typically ranging from 30 to 60 days, but sometimes less.)
So while you may have one year to file your claim, for instance, you may only have 30 days in which to inform your employer. Nonfulfillment to take legal actions with a legal or contractual time deadline may result in losing various rights and benefits.
Things get more complicated when you have an injury or illness that developed over time, such as mesothelioma, or carpel tunnel syndrome.
In these situations, the clock starts ticking toward your deadline after:
- 1) you took time off because of your injury or see a doctor for the injury
- 2) you knew, or should have known, that the injury was caused by your work.
- Categories of Workers' compensation benefits after an Injury
- Medical Care-Your medical bills will be paid for to help you recover from your work-related injuries; however, your choice of doctors may be limited.
- Temporary Disability Benefits-If your work-related injury prevents you from doing your job normally and, as a result, you lose wages, you could receive temporary disability benefits. This option is usually only available after you've missed several days of work.
- Permanent Disability Benefits- If you aren't able to fully recover form your injuries, you may receive permanent disability benefits based on the nature and extent of your impairment or injury.
- Death Benefits- In the unfortunate event that you die from a work-related injury or illness, your spouse or children may receive death benefits.
The amount of benefits that you are designated to collect to compensate you for your work-related injury or illness may be limited by the laws of your state. Every state has its own rules for how an injury should be compensated.
Some states have a list that assigns a dollar amount for the type of injury. Other states authorize that compensation is based on a scale or rating of injuries or disabilities.
Qualifying for workers' compensation benefits in Alpharetta
- The person or company you were working for must carry workers’ compensation insurance or be legally required to do so.
- You must be an employee of that person or company. (you don’t have to be a full time employee, as long as you are a regular employee)
- Your injury or illness must be work-related, employees can also be illegal aliens, prisoners, or minors to qualify.
Some on the job injuries may not be considered under workers compensation law or workers compensation law may not be enough for a certain on-the-job injury, particularly in the case of very serious or catastrophic personal injuries.
In these situations our Alpharetta Attorneys will identify a negligent third party such as a manufacturer of a dangerous or defective product or the maker of an improper safety device.
What type of work-related injuries are covered ?
- Aggravation of pre-existing conditions
- Injuries sustained on company property or at a company-sponsored function
- Injuries caused by company owned assets, like mechanical equipment
- More serious injury cases include: diseases caused by exposures to hazards, such as benzene, asbestos or silica dust; rashes brought on by exposure to cleaning chemicals or gasoline.
What work-related injuries are not covered?
- Injuries resulting from horseplay at work
- Injuries sustained while drunk or in an impaired state
- Employees injured while traveling to and from work, (only a few states provide coverage) unless the transportation is provided by the employer.
Workers compensation in Alpharetta is a no fault system, meaning it doesn't matter if the injury was your employers fault, your fault, or anyone's fault, as long as your injury is work-related you can qualify for workers compensation benefits.
After an injury, even injuries that seem minor, you should seek treatment right away.
This means seeing a doctor right away immediately after a work-related accident or at the first signs of any that might be due to your wok injuries.
Receiving treatment soon after your injuries is essential in protecting your injury claim. The closer in time to your accident that you obtain treatment, the less room it gives your employer (or its insurance company) to argue that your injuries are not work related.
Also, early treatment makes it more likely that you will recover from your injuries faster.
Most importantly, you should resist the urge to "tough it out" or soften the seriousness of your injuries. This can delay or slow your recovery, and it can affect the scope of treatment authorized by workers' comp or the amount of benefits you ultimately receive.
Falls to lower levels
Slips/Trips and falls
Overexertion due to lifting/lowering
Repetitive motion injuries (most frequent injury)
Machine crushing or entanglement
Work-related vehicle accidents
Falling objects or debris
Our Georgia personal injury attorneys have extensive knowledge and are highly qualified at representing thousands of on-the-job injury cases just like yours.
If you can no longer perform your duties at work due to an on-the-job illness or injury our lawyers can help you and your family get the financial support you deserve.
Our legal staff is prepared to handle the insurance companies and non-compliant employers for you. We welcome you to contact us with any questions or concerns, our Alpharetta Work Injury Lawyers offer free consultations to discuss your legal options.
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