Work injuries happen all the time. Your place of employment is a common place for injuries to occur. If you work on any type of manual labor or the use of heavy or dangerous equipment you are more likely to have an injury at work. The Athens Georgia workers comp attorneys at The Van Dora Law Firm know what to do.
The good news is most employers provide workers comp for their workers. Getting the workers comp benefits you need to cover your on the job injury isn’t the easiest thing to do. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a good Athens, GA workers compensation lawyer on your side.
If you are injured, workers comp will cover the following:
Medical Expenses: These include any medical expenses that may have been incurred as a result of sustaining the injury.
Loss of Income: Income benefits will cover any loss of income due to missed work as a result of the injury.
Death Benefits: These are benefits loved ones are eligible to receive if a member of their family dies due to a work related injury.
Workers comp covers any sort of injury sustained in the work place or any sort of injury or illness that may be a consequence of doing that work. It also provides compensation to the loved ones of someone who died as the result of a work related illness or injury.
According to the Georgia State Board of Workers Comp, all employers with three or more employees must have workers comp. Workers comp covers full time and part time employees as well as minors who may be employed by the company. Our frequently asked questions article answer many questions you may have about your workers' comp claim.
Generally speaking, workers comp is for providing injured workers benefits for medical expenses and lost wages that they need as the after being hurt at work.
It does not matter whether or not you are responsible for your injuries or not. Workers comp in Georgia is a no-fault system, meaning that if you have been injured on the job it does not matter whose fault it was.
If you are hurt at work under Georgia law you must report the injury within 30 days.
If you don’t know how to file for workers comp benefits, give an experienced Athens, GA works compensation Attorney a call to see to it that you get the compensation you deserve.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you can’t recover benefits. If a claim is denied, you will get a notice from the State Board of Worker’s Comp explaining the reason for the denial. You can then request a hearing to go before a judge to have them decide if you should have workers’ comp benefits or not. Most of our cases come to us after a claim has been denied. Don’t let this keep you from meeting with our attorneys to prepare a personalized strategy for your case.
A State Board Workers Comp hearing takes place before a judge. Workers comp has their own judges that only hear workers’ comp cases in Georgia. Our firm tries cases in front of all the workers’ comp judges in the state of Georgia. We have great experience in the court room getting benefits both income and medical started for our clients. Most of the Georgia workers’ comp hearings in the Athens Georgia area take place in Watkinsville GA at the Oconee County Courthouse.
Even if the Judge rules against you, you still have the option of Appealing your case to the Appellate Division of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
You cannot sue your employer if you are injured at work for pain and suffering damages, but you can sue a third party if they cause your work injury. The most common example of this is when you are in a car wreck while working and the wreck was caused by somebody else. You can collect workers’ comp benefits and also sue the at fault driver just like in a regular car wreck case. Luckily for our clients we handle car wreck cases as well workers’ comp case in the Athens Georgia area.
Workers’ compensation law in Georgia is a complicated area. That is why not many lawyers handle these case. If you are injured at work in Athens Georgia, The Van Dora Law Firm should be your first call. We know all the ins and outs of the Georgia Workers’ Comp system and have experience trying cases as well obtaining large settlements for our clients.
We will make sure you receive all the benefits your are entitled to, file all the necessary forms and paperwork, and take the stress off of you so that you can focus on your medical treatment.
You will want to find an Athens, Ga. workers comp lawyer you can trust. Come sit down with us and one of our lawyers will meet with you and give your case the personal attention it deserves and formulate a specialized strategy for how to handle your case.
The Van Dora Law Firm specializes in workers compensation cases. They have great knowledge of the law and focus their efforts on taking personal care of their clients’ needs.
If you have suffered from a work-related injury, you are probably dealing with a lot of stress. Let us help. Remember, when you hire the Van Dora Law Firm you will meet with one of our attorneys, not an intake person or case manager.
Call The Van Dora Law Firm first. We will take care of you and your family during this difficult time.