September 16, 2019

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What You Need to Know about Georgia Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation

If you are injured on the job, in Georgia, you can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits that will pay for your basic medical care and replace up to two-thirds of your lost wages. You can start receiving your benefits quickly, and you don’t need to prove fault. It’s an insurance claim, not a lawsuit and not welfare. By law, most employees are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits and in some cases, employers chose to purchase coverage for workers who aren’t protected by Georgia Workers’ Compensation law. But Workers’ Compensation claims aren’t always as simple as they appear. An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you make sure you get the full compensation you are entitled to.

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Why Workers’ Compensation?

The purpose of Workers’ Compensation law is to make sure that workers can get quick access to medical care when they are injured and partial replacement of their lost wages to help see them and their families through the time of crisis. Workers don’t have to go through the lengthy process of suing their employers, and they don’t have to prove fault.

It also protects employers from lawsuits bought by injured workers. Employers are required by law to purchase Workers’ Compensation insurance that covers their employees. Employees who are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits are barred from suing their employers.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Ultimately, you’re still dealing with an insurance company that will pull just about anything to get out of paying the full amount you are due. There are rules for filing your claim properly, and the insurance companies are known to use underhanded tactics to get out of paying. An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can make sure all the paperwork is right, all your deadlines are met, and spot the tricks the insurance company or your employer may try to use against you so that you get the full benefits you are due by law.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured on the job, please contact an experienced Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney today to schedule your free initial consultation.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.