Being the victim of an accident or injury is never easy. From the need to focus on your health to worrying about providing financially for yourself and your family, an injury can be overwhelming.
A work-related accident can compound the complexities of financial, physical, and emotional recovery because your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company becomes involved.
We work hard to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation and benefits to which work injury victims are entitled and have helped countless injury victims obtain the settlements and verdicts they deserve.
Have You Been Injured at Work?
Even individuals with a preexisting condition may have a legitimate Workers Comp claim based on “the Eggshell Plaintiff” rule. The employer takes the employee as he finds him and an aggravation of a preexisting condition is compensable. These cases are very fact-specific and often have conflicting medical testimony.
The Board has broad jurisdiction to determine whether the employee still suffers from the aggravation and if entitled to medical/indemnity benefits. You need an attorney who is experienced and can argue and develop medical testimony to show that the employee was able to work his regular duty job prior to this work-related injury, but is now unable to, so still suffers from the aggravation of the injury.
Workers Comp is a complex and specialized area of the law. There can be many pitfalls for the unwary. It is in your best interest to receive assistance from a Workers Comp attorney who is experienced in handling these specific types of cases.
Allen Turner Law has been representing employees in workers compensation cases for more than 25 years. Workers compensation is insurance paid for by your employer, starting with your first day of work, to compensate you when you get injured on the job site or in the course and scope of your employment. Workers compensation benefits include but are not limited to:
- Hospital bills
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Travel expenses
- Permanent Disability if applicable
- Lump sum settlement
There are various on the job injuries that may entitle you to Workers’ Compensation. Some of these injuries include:
- Back and spinal injuries
- Disabling injuries
- Head injuries
- Joint injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Orthopedic injuries and broken bones
- Permanent Disability
- Shoulder Injuries
- Temporary Disability
Preserving your rights
Workers compensation law can be complex. Knowing what to do as soon as you are injured protects your rights and maximizes your benefits under Georgia workers compensation laws. For example, you may lose your benefits if you wait too long to report the accident. It is especially important to call one of our skilled workers compensation attorneys quickly when your injury is serious. We advise you of your responsibilities and rights so that you do not compromise your benefits by failing to navigate the workers compensation system properly.
Recommending top doctors
Under the workers compensation statute, you must be treated by doctors who are listed on your employer’s panel of physicians. These doctors are hand picked by your employer and their insurance carrier. While you do have to treat with one of the physicians on the panel, you have a right to choose any doctor on the panel. If there is no panel posted your employer loses the right to have you treat with one of their physicians. Our attorneys can guide you to the best doctor for your condition listed on the panel or request a change in physicians with the State Board of Workers Compensation if you are not getting appropriate, timely care.
Fighting for maximum benefits
Part of our competent staff is a paralegal with 22 years of experience as a workers’ compensation claims adjuster. Her invaluable experience assists our firm with insights about how injuries are handled and how we can bring you the highest quality representation. Many times a claim will be denied or go unreported by the employer. In those instances we will bring your claim before the State Board and force your employer to address your injury under the workers compensation statute. There are limits to the number of weeks you can draw temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits pursuant to the Georgia Workers Compensation Statute. We fight for the maximum benefit where appropriate. If you are unable to return to work in your former capacity, or your employer does not have work available for you due to permanent restrictions, you could have a legitimate Catastrophic claim which allows for additional benefits.
Representing surviving dependents
We also represent dependents of those who were injured and killed in a work related accident. The surviving spouse, children, and dependent stepchildren are entitled to benefits, generally two-thirds of the deceased’s average weekly wage up to a maximum of $500 per week. If there are no children the maximum a surviving spouse can receive is $150,000. In those instances where an unfortunate event has caused a death, while you cannot sue your employer, we will investigate the possibility of products liability or other avenues of recovery for you and your family.
Experienced. Dedicated. Available.
Our attorneys and staff are ready to discuss your workers compensation issue in a professional and caring atmosphere. Call us during normal business hours at 844-781-PAIN (after hours at (678) 516-8792) or contact us online for knowledgeable and efficient service.