When you get injured at work, you have to deal with the pain of injury and recovery as well as the financial stress of a reduction in pay, IF your workers’ compensation claim gets approved. Sometimes injuries are so severe, injured employees cannot return to their jobs, making matters worse. Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC) pays benefits to injured workers if they immediately report their injury, seek medical treatment, and follow all their doctor’s instructions.
If you need assistance with the claim’s process, your claim has been denied, or you have been informed of a benefit reduction, you need a skilled Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to protect and advocate for your rights. Contact Brauns Law at (404) 418-8244 to discuss the details of your workers’ comp claim and learn how we can assist you.
Brauns Law: Your Workers’ Compensation Advocates
The skilled legal team at Brauns Law remain committed to advocating for the rights of the injured, including those who have suffered workplace injuries. Their personal attention and focus on client service have resulted in settlements and court-awarded damages worth millions of dollars to their clients. Past results include seven- and six-figure settlements and verdicts. These are examples. We cannot guarantee the outcome of any case, but we will diligently pursue the maximum payout possible for your workplace injury.
When to Hire an Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Not all workplace injuries require you to hire an attorney. If you have suffered minor injuries and only miss a few days or weeks of work, it’s likely your claim will go smoothly and you won’t need legal representation. Yet, when severe injuries occur, especially those resulting in extensive recovery or permanent disability, a qualified Atlanta worker’s compensation lawyer can help you recoup some or all of your losses. Some examples of situations which require legal counsel include:
- Your claim was denied.
- Your supervisor or business owner has retaliated against you for filing a workers’ comp claim.
- Your workplace injury was a result of a defective product, defective machinery, or toxic chemical exposure, so you need an attorney to initiate a third-party lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and/or retailer.
- You were injured at a job site not owned by the company for which you work.
- Your employer has not purchased the mandatory workers’ compensation insurance, or they are one of the few businesses not required to carry workers’ comp.
- You sustained injuries in an accident in a company car or truck.
- The insurance company won’t approve treatment deemed necessary by your doctor(s).
Seeking Compensation in an Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Claim
The type and amount of compensation you can recover from a workers’ comp claim varies. If you only file an insurance claim and it is approved, you will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, but not more than $575 per week for a maximum of 400 weeks. Georgia law also permits lifetime benefits if your injury resulted in a permanent disability. Workers’ comp will also cover authorized medical treatment, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and travel expenses.
If you, with the help of a qualified attorney, file a personal injury suit against a third party, you might be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical treatment costs beyond what was covered by workers’ comp insurance
- Lost wages beyond workers’ comp coverage
- Future medical expenses for severe injuries requiring extensive recovery or permanent injuries requiring lifelong care and/or medical treatment
- Lost earning capacity in the event a severe workplace injury prohibits an injured employee from returning to their job
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Other non-economic costs which might apply to a particular case
Contact a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Atlanta
Coping with the stress that comes with a severe injury can be overwhelming. A workers’ comp lawyer can advocate for your rights to ensure you get the wages, benefits, and compensation you deserve, and protect you from retaliation. If you live in Atlanta and your claim has been denied or you aren’t receiving the benefits you deserve, contact the experienced legal team at Brauns Law online or at (404) 418-8244 to discuss your workplace injury. We know your physical and/or financial limitations might prevent you from traveling to our office, so we will gladly meet with you at the hospital or your home.