If you’ve suffered a work-related illness or injury in Cumming, Georgia, your workers’ rights include the right to receive compensation for injuries from your employer. If your employer has delayed or denied your workers’ comp claim, or you are otherwise struggling to get your guaranteed benefits, you need experienced legal counsel to advocate for your rights and interests. Contact Kaufman Law for a free, no-obligation case review to discuss how our workers’ comp law firm can help you seek the financial benefits you deserve under Georgia’s workers’ compensation law.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation

In Georgia, the workers’ compensation system acts as a workplace accident insurance program provided by employers to their workers. Workers who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses can request no-fault financial benefits from their employers. In the no-fault workers’ comp system, workers do not need to prove that their employer’s negligence or recklessness caused their injury or illness; they only need to show the work-related nature of their injury or illness.

However, workers’ compensation represents a worker’s exclusive legal remedy against their employer. Workers generally may not file a personal injury claim against their employer, though they can do so against negligent third parties unaffiliated with their employer. For example, a worker injured by an independent contractor might have a claim against that contractor.

Who Can File for Workers’ Compensation?

Any employee of a covered employer in Georgia may file for workers’ compensation after suffering a work injury or occupational illness. Employees become eligible for workers’ compensation on their first day of employment. Covered employers in Georgia include businesses with three or more workers, including part-time or seasonal workers. However, Georgia workers’ compensation law doesn’t cover specific categories of workers, such as federal employees and workers in the agricultural, maritime, and railroad sectors.

Typical Injuries That Lead to Workers’ Compensation Claims

At Kaufman Law, our legal team has years of experience helping workers in Cumming, Georgia, recover from work-related injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Severe lacerations
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Burns
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Muscle or tendon strains and tears
  • Repetitive stress injuries, such as tendonitis or bursitis
  • Herniated spinal disc injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal organ injuries or internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Amputation/dismemberment or limb loss
  • Viral or bacterial infections and communicable diseases
  • Toxic exposure leading to chronic or terminal illnesses such as asbestosis or cancer

Benefits Available from the Workers’ Compensation System in Cumming, Georgia

Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, you may have the right to defined benefits from your employer as you recover from a work injury or occupational disease, such as:

  • Medical benefits: Workers’ comp should cover the cost of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment for a work injury or occupational illness for up to 400 weeks of treatment, although workers who suffer catastrophic injuries may receive lifetime medical benefits.
  • Temporary total disability benefits: After missing seven days from work, an injured or ill worker can receive a weekly financial payment equal to two-thirds of their pre-injury average weekly wage, up to a maximum set by the state. A worker who misses 21 consecutive days of work will receive a check for the first week as well. Temporary total disability benefits can last up to 400 weeks, although catastrophic injuries may entitle a worker to lifetime benefits.
  • Partial disability benefits: Workers who earn less than their pre-injury average weekly wage due to medical restrictions or disabilities restricting their work duties can receive partial reimbursement of the difference between their pre-injury average wage and current wage.
  • Permanent disability benefits: Workers who suffer permanent disabilities after reaching maximum medical improvement of their work injury/illness can receive financial payments based on the type and severity of the disability.
  • Permanent loss benefits: Workers who lose a body part or the use of a body part can receive financial payments, with the duration of payments based on the affected body part.
  • Death benefits: A spouse and dependent children of a worker who dies from a work injury or occupational disease can receive financial payments equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage (subject to a state law cap).

What Steps Should You Take After Suffering a Work Injury or Occupational Disease?

After getting injured in a workplace accident or receiving a diagnosis of an occupational disease, you can take the following steps to preserve your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Report your injury or illness to your employer. Send written notice to your supervisor or HR department so you have a record of notifying your employer.
  • Seek immediate medical attention for your injury or illness. You can go to any emergency provider; your employer must provide a list of approved physicians or medical service providers for your ongoing medical treatment.
  • Request copies of medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Keep copies of any bills, invoices, or receipts for out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Gather copies of your pay stubs or income statements if you miss time from work or earn less while on part-time/light duty due to your medical restrictions.

Finally, contact a workers’ compensation attorney from Kaufman Law for help getting the benefits you deserve.

How Long Do You Have to File a Workers’ Comp Claim?

In Georgia, you should notify your employer of a work injury or occupational illness as soon as possible. If your employer fails to provide workers’ comp benefits or denies your claim, you have one year under workers’ comp rules to file a formal claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Because of the short deadline for filing for workers’ comp, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney from Kaufman Law as soon as possible after suffering an injury or illness due to your work to help you file your claims on time.

How Can a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help?

Recovering workers’ comp benefits can become challenging if your employer denies your claim or creates obstacles for you. A workers’ compensation lawyer from Kaufman Law can help you by:

  • Investigating your claim to obtain evidence proving the work-related nature of your injury or illness
  • Documenting your injuries/illnesses or disabilities
  • Calculating the wage benefits you deserve
  • Filing a formal workers’ compensation claim and advocating for your interests in hearings before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation
  • Negotiating for a fair settlement once you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI)

Why Choose Kaufman Law?

If your employer has refused to provide you with workers’ comp benefits after you’ve suffered a work injury or occupational illness, you need experienced legal counsel to help you seek the financial resources you need for your recovery. For decades, injury victims have turned to Kaufman Law for legal advice and advocacy because:

  • We have a track record of success spanning more than 45 years, and our team has over a century of combined legal experience advocating for clients’ rights and interests.
  • Our team takes the time to listen and understand each client’s needs, concerns, and goals so we can identify legal solutions to pursue the best possible outcome in their workers’ comp claim.
  • Our full-service firm handles all the details of preparing and pursuing our clients’ legal rights so they can focus on treating and rehabbing their work injuries.
  • Our attorneys strive to provide top-notch client service, including 24/7 availability, the option to meet at home or the hospital, bilingual consultations and case management, and same-day case reviews.

Contact Us Today to Learn How We Can Help You Secure Financial Benefits

If you’ve been hurt at work, you deserve workers’ compensation benefits to assist with your recovery and make ends meet while you’re unable to work. Get the legal help you need to demand benefits from your employer. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your legal options for securing financial relief after suffering a workplace injury.

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