If you have suffered an injury arising from an incident at your place of employment, were involved in a work accident, or have suffered what is called an “occupational disease” that resulted from your work, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Workers’ compensation is a benefit program to provide medical payments and wage replacement in the event that someone is injured by accident at work. Workers’ compensation is an extremely important system that injured workers in Georgia rely heavily on for support. It is a “no-fault” system, meaning you do not have to prove that it was anyone’s fault. All you have to prove is that it was an accident that occurred while the employee or the injured worker was in the course and scope of their employment

There are times however, when injured workers encounter difficulty with either their employer, or even their employer’s insurance carrier, and when this happens they can have trouble receiving the benefits they rightfully deserve.

Recovering Compensation After an Injury

There are countless scenarios that can result in a workplace accident. Regardless of the injuries suffered and the cause, you may be entitled to recover financial support through workers’ compensation. A workers’ compensation lawyer in Athens can explain how the law may apply to the facts of your case.

Some of the injuries and diseases that may occur include:

  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Amputation
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Head injury from falling objects
  • Back injury
  • Other stress injuries

Workers’ compensation can pay for:

  • Medical bills resulting from the injury or disease
  • Wages lost to the injury
  • Permanent disability arising from a permanent injury

If you have suffered a work-related injury, leaving you unable to return to work, we can help you file for the benefits you need. If your claim has been denied, we have the experience necessary to appeal the decision.

Common Mistake

The biggest mistake people make is that they do not report their claim in time. The injured worker may get hurt with a very significant injury and continues to work the day or weeks before reporting the injury. By the time they make a report, it is usually either too late or they have an issue with insurance company accepting their claim.

Also, people do not tell doctors about all the parts of their body that are in pain. For example, they may say their knee hurts, but they have pain in their shoulder as well. If they do not mention the shoulder at some point and later try to have that part included in their claim, it could be a problem because it was not initially mentioned.