Atlanta Lawyer for Workers' Compensation
What is workers’ compensation insurance and how does it work?
Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer. Any company with three or more employees is required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance. If you were injured at work and qualify for these benefits, you could obtain financial assistance to help you get back to work. It also affords benefits to your family if you die as a result of an injury from a work accident.
What are your rights under the law?
Workers’ compensation laws in Georgia allow employees to receive financial compensation for costs associated with injuries in the workplace. A workers’ comp claim can be filed by one of our experienced Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Virguez Law as long as the employee got injured during work-related activities and did not cause their own injuries. Benefits covered include: all authorized hospital and doctor bills, physical therapy, medicines, and any travel expense related to an injury from an accident on the job. Partial lost wages and disability are also considered. The most common workplace injuries include slip and fall, transportation accidents, contact with equipment, fires and explosions, and violence-related incidents.
Atlanta Workers’ Compensation FAQ's
When do I get my workers’ compensation benefits?
To qualify for workers’ compensation, you should prove that you can’t work for more than seven consecutive days due to a work injury. Your first check should be mailed to you within 21 days after the first day you missed work. You will receive two thirds of your average weekly salary, but no more than $675 per week for a maximum of 400 weeks. (Source: Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation).
In some cases, and if your injury is catastrophic in nature (e.g., loss of sight), you are entitled to receive help in getting another job or learning to do another job.
Should I hire an attorney for workers’ compensation?
Most likely, your employer will be represented by an attorney. You will want to ensure all documentation is in order and that you file your workers’ compensation claim properly, otherwise, your case will be dismissed or denied. Filing a claim properly includes telling the truth about the accident, your symptoms, pre-existing conditions or injuries, attending all doctor’s appointment and following your doctor’s advice.
What does a workers compensation defense attorney do?
Hiring a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney from Virguez Law will give you a much better chance of obtaining the benefits you deserve. Our attorney will communicate with the workers’ comp insurer on your behalf, gather medical evidence that supports your claim, negotiate a good settlement, and represent you at your workers’ comp hearing. We will maximize your compensation while you recover.
Who pays for workers compensation?
Many people are concerned about the cost of legal representation and due to perception or misconstrued ideas, don’t hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. Virguez Law works accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means you get a free case evaluation, and we don’t charge anything unless we win your case. By law, attorneys can’t get more than 25% of the employee’s worker’s comp award.
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