Alpharetta is a popular place for commuters, with the city’s population literally doubling in size each workday as people come to work in one of Alpharetta’s 3,600 businesses. The largest industries in Alpharetta are corporate headquarters, technology services, and retail establishments. At Kaufman Law, P.C., we represent injured workers in all industries in the pursuit of just and fair compensation.
Alpharetta workplace accidents can feel unpredictable, but when you look closely, there is a good chance you’ll discover acts of negligence or carelessness that caused your injuries. Preventing these acts is the best-case scenario, but employers and other parties don’t always fulfill their responsibilities to keep employees safe. When a workplace accident happens, it does not matter whether someone was negligent. Georgia’s workers’ compensation system will cover your damages if the incident happened while you were engaged in job-related tasks.
What to Know About Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation System
For the most part, workers’ compensation laws are on the injured employee’s side. It’s the insurance companies that might try to infringe upon your rights to save money. Workers’ compensation is a complex field of law, with dozens of things the average claimant should know. We can discuss your individual claim with you in more detail during a free case evaluation, but in the meantime, here are three main things our attorneys want you to understand about the law in Georgia:
- You must protect your own rights. Your employer might not look after your rights and might even try to dissuade you from filing a claim for fear of facing retaliation for safety violations. It’s up to you to look after yourself and take action toward workers’ compensation benefits. Remember, you only have 30 days from your accident to report it to your employer and start the workers’ comp process.
- Benefits have limits. Unless your injuries permanently disable you to the point that you can never return to any form of work, workers’ compensation benefits do not last indefinitely. Benefits only reimburse two-thirds of lost wages, up to a $575 per week cap in Georgia. Benefits last a maximum of 400 weeks. These limits reduce to a $383 cap for a maximum of 350 weeks if you can return to some form of work that pays less.
- Workers’ comp is not your only option. A workers’ compensation settlement bars you from suing your employer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a lawsuit against another party. If the negligence of a coworker, third-party contractor, property owner, or product manufacturer contributed to your workplace accident, you might be eligible to recover through workers’ comp and a personal injury claim.
It’s important to discuss your workers’ compensation claim with one of our attorneys before agreeing to a settlement. The insurance company could be offering much less than your past and future medical bills and lost wages are actually worth. An insurance company might also engage in unfair practices such as delaying or denying your claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Alpharetta can make sure this doesn’t happen. To schedule your in-depth case evaluation, call (404) 355-4000 or reach out to us online.