worker’s compensation law

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Suffering an injury at work can be stressful and daunting. Georgia employees are typically eligible for workers’ compensation from the moment they become employed. Workers’ compensation provides benefits for employees who receive injuries on the job. Additionally, workers who receive a diagnosis of work-related diseases are usually entitled to workers’ compensation. Receiving workers’ compensation benefits entitle an employee to medical care and a steady paycheck.

 

Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight for Our Clients’ Rights

If you have suffered an on the job injury in Georgia, receiving workers’ compensation benefits can help you focus on your recovery. At Smith Hulsey Law, our workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many employees secure benefits. Contact our law firm today to schedule your initial consultation. We understand how stressful the workers’ compensation process can become. We help our clients from start to finish so they can focus on recovering from their injuries. From filing the workers’ compensation claim to helping our clients find a doctor, we are there every step of the way.

What is Workers Compensation in Georgia?

Workers’ compensation allows employees who become hurt on the job to receive the following benefits:

  • Medical treatment
  • Hospital stays
  • Temporary total disability benefits 
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescriptions
  • Travel expenses necessary for medical appointments
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance for workers who are injured on the job. The state of Georgia administers the workers’ compensation program through the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.

Which Employees are Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Georgia?

Under Georgia law, employers with at least three employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. The insurance must cover an employee’s medical bills as well as a portion of the employee’s wages. Additionally, when an employee is killed in a workplace accident, the employer’s insurance must provide the employee’s spouse and children with compensation.

How to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Georgia

Workers’ compensation is a government program that involves many rules and procedures. These regulations impact a worker’s ability to receive benefits as well as the amount of benefits they receive. The Board provides income benefits as well as medical and rehabilitative benefits to those workers who qualify. Workers must submit a claim with the Board in order to begin the workers’ compensation application process.

Our Lawyers Fight Hard Against Insurance Companies That Deny Claims

At Smith Hulsey Law, we have handled all kinds of Georgia workers’ compensation claims. We know all of the ways insurance companies try to avoid paying employees benefits. Employers and insurance companies often use the following tactics to try to deny workers’ compensation claims:

  • Insurance agencies claim that the injury is not serious enough to miss work
  • Employers accuse their employees of faking an on-the-job injury
  • Employers do not allow employees to choose a doctor to give a second opinion
  • Employers discourage employees from consulting with their own lawyer

We work with skilled doctors who verify our clients’ work-related injuries. Our lawyers know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies who attempt to deny workers’ compensation benefits. We know how to fight against all of the common tactics employers and insurance companies use to try to deny claims.

What to do After a Work-Related Injury in Georgia

Employees should report their on-the-job injury to their supervisors immediately. Next, it is important to seek medical care and follow the instructions of their doctor as closely as possible. Workers’ compensation applicants should keep all receipts and discharge paperwork that relates to their on-the-job injury. These documents may become useful during the claim process. 

Sometimes, supervisors unlawfully refuse to file an incident report after an employee reports an on-the-job injury. Should your employer refuse to file your claim, it is essential that you speak with skilled Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys. The attorneys at Smith Hulsey Law have extensive experience defending clients against employers who disregard the law. We can help you throughout the entire process and defend your rights as a Georgia employee. 

What Happens if Your Employer Fires You After Your Injury?

In Georgia, employees may quit at will and employers may fire their employees at will. Unless an employee has a legal contract stating that the employer can only fire the employee for cause, the employer can fire that employee for any reason. An employer may have a legal right to fire an employee after his or her work-related injury. Nonetheless, employers whose employers fire them are still entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits for which they qualify.

What if an Employee Caused the Work-Related Injury?

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation handbook addresses this issue. When an employee’s inattentiveness or haste causes an accident, he or she may still qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, when the worker’s willful misconduct causes injury, he or she will not qualify for benefits. The following actions are often considered willful misconduct:

  • Horseplay
  • Fighting 
  • Using drugs or alcohol

Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Continue After the Employee Returns to Work?

An employee can continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits after returning to work in the following situations:

  • The employee suffered a permanent partial disability while at work
  • The employee returned to work but makes less money than before his or her injury 

In these situations, the employee might be entitled to partial income benefits for up to 350 weeks after the claim approval. The lawyers at Smith Hulsey Law can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits should you return to work.

Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight for You

As an injured employee, you have a right to represent yourself throughout the workers’ compensation process. However, hiring skilled Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers will help you throughout the process. At Smith Hulsey Law, we thoroughly investigate all of our clients’ cases and present compelling evidence on behalf of our clients. 

All of our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of Georgia’s workers’ compensation rules and regulations. We will fight for your rights to benefits and help ensure that you receive as many benefits as possible. Contact our Georgia workers’ compensation law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.