Experienced Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Helping Victims of On-the-Job Injuries get the Compensation they DeserveIn Georgia, the law requires most employers to provide insurance to cover the costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and disability for employees who are injured on the job. However, obtaining the benefits you are entitled to under the workers’ compensation system is not easy. The laws governing the system are complicated and require the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
At Kimmey & Murphy, P.C., our Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers have helped countless injured workers obtain the benefits they need to rebuild their lives. We understand the complexities of workers’ comp law and how to obtain the compensation you deserve.
The workers’ compensation insurance company has the right to choose the doctor who provides the initial medical evaluation in your case. Because your employer and the insurance company want to limit the amount they pay in benefits, they will tend to select a doctor who will minimize the extent of your injury and any resulting disability. If you accept the results of this evaluation, you may not receive the recovery or rehabilitation resources you need to recover to the fullest extent possible. You are entitled to a second medical opinion by a doctor who is truly concerned with your well-being. We can help you obtain a second, impartial medical evaluation, and see that all of your rights under the law are protected. Our goal is to maximize the compensation you receive.
There are strict time limits in the workers’ compensation system, and if you fail to comply, you may forfeit your right to compensation forever. If you are injured while on the job, seek medical care immediately and report the incident to your company immediately, then call Kimmey & Murphy, P.C. for a free evaluation. Let our knowledgeable Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys inform you of your rights under the law and what it will take to obtain the benefits you deserve. We want to help you maximize the compensation you receive.
Benefits to Which You May Be Entitled
After the physician diagnoses you, he or she determines whether you have a partial or total disability. A partial disability is one in which you are able to return to work with certain restrictions. A total disability is one in which you are unable to work at all. This determination is pivotal and another reason why it is important to have a lawyer’s assistance through this process to ensure an accurate determination is made at this point.
Wage replacement income for workers’ compensation is two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, whether it is considered partial or total disability. However, partial disability benefits subtract the amount of the new wages while on light duty work when calculating the amount of workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers who cannot work for more than seven days because of their work-related injuries may be eligible for temporary disability benefits. After you have reached the maximum point of improvement, the physician will evaluate you to determine if you have a permanent disability. If you have a permanent, total disability, you will continue to receive weekly workers’ compensation benefits. However, these benefits are usually reserved for very serious cases, such as amputation. If the physician determines that you have a permanent, partial disability, you may be able to receive monetary benefits that are based on a schedule if the affected body part is included on this list, or you may be able to receive an unscheduled award. The physician assigns the worker a disability rating that determines how long the worker will receive weekly payments.
In addition to these monetary benefits, Georgia workers’ compensation benefits may include:
- Medical benefits — Georgia workers’ compensation pays for all authorized, reasonable, and necessary medical treatment stemming from a work-related injury.
- Vocational rehabilitation — Workers who are unable to return to their normal job may be able to receive help finding new work.
- Mileage reimbursement — Mileage to and from medical appointments that are paid for by workers’ compensation is covered through workers’ compensation.
- Death benefits — If the work injury causes the death of the employee, the deceased person’s spouse, children, or other dependents may be eligible to receive death benefits, which are two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage.
- Funeral expenses — The family may also be entitled to funeral and burial expenses up to $7,500 if the work injury led to the employee’s death.
Contact an Highly-skilled Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Help with Your Claim
Our attorneys can work diligently to secure maximum compensation for your claim and advise you on whether a settlement is fair. For a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer at Kimmey & Murphy, P.C.,call us today at (404) 586-9848 (Atlanta) or (706) 216-7228 (Dawsonville). Workers’ Compensation cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless you get paid.