Atlanta Workers Compensation Law
Have you been injured on the job? If so, contact The Law Offices of Michael Lawson Neff, today.
Michael Neff is an experienced Atlanta lawyer who understands the challenges that people face after being injured. Frequently after an on the job injury, you will help to obtain the medical benefits and income benefits you need.
Common workers' compensation injuries include:
· Back injuries
· Loss of limbs
· Traumatic brain injuries
· Spinal cord injuries
· Neck injuries
· Carpal tunnel syndrome
· Repetitive stress injuries
· Wrist injuries
· Foot and ankle injuries
· Knee and leg injuries
· Shoulder injuries
· Hip injuries
· Heart attack and strokes
· Hearing loss
· Vision loss
· Workplace fatalities
· Occupational diseases
What Are Occupational Diseases?
An occupational disease is a chronic ailment that results from work activity. Some well-known occupational diseases include:
· Asbestosis for miners and those who work with asbestos insulation
· Black lung for coal miners
· Carpal tunnel syndrome for data entry workers
· Lead poisoning
· Radiation sickness for those in the nuclear industry
When it comes to on-the-job injuries, as long as you follow the proper steps, the law will see to it that you get medical treatment and some protection for lost wages.
If you are injured on the job, follow these steps to make sure that you'll be able to get workers' compensation benefits:
1) Report the incident to your supervisor immediately.
2) Make sure that a written report is made – even if you have to write it up yourself and hand it to your supervisor. Keep a copy of the report for yourself.
3) Find your employer's list of doctors that you're allowed to see if hurt on the job.
4) Let the insurance company know that you have a claim.
5) Be aware that you have only 1 year to file a claim.
In some cases, a person can file a personal injury claim in addition to workers' compensation. For example, if you're involved in an auto accident while on the job, you may be able to get workers' compensation benefits and sue the driver at fault for personal injury compensation.
Workers' Compensation and Insurance Companies
Many insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying income benefits, even if a doctor has told you to take time off after an injury on the job.
When there's a dispute between an injured worker and an insurance company or employer, Georgia's State Board of Workers' Compensation rules on the case.
In many cases, you'll have to appear before an administrative law judge to force the insurance company to pay your benefits. The insurance company will hire an attorney who will try to deny you benefits. That's why it's important to hire an attorney well-versed in workers' compensation law.
Workers' Compensation Benefits
According to the Workers' Compensation Act, employees who are totally disabled by a work injury are entitled to the lesser of 2/3 of their average weekly wage or $500 a week. If you've been temporarily disabled due to an injury on the job, you can receive up to $334 a week. Workers who become permanently and partially disabled may also be entitled to benefits.
Get the Workers' Compensation Benefits You Deserve
If you've been injured on the job, contact Michael Neff today to make sure you get the benefits you deserve. As an experienced Atlanta workers compensation lawyer, Michael Neff is well-versed in State Board rules, statutes, and precedents. Contact Michael Neff at (404) 531-9700 or email@example.com. For more information, see Workers' Compensation – Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer.