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What Do I Need To Do After Being Injured At Work In Georgia?

Being injured while on the job can be an incredibly stressful time period in your life.  With medical bills piling up and missed time at work adding to your economic stress one can find themselves somewhat helpless.  Many times companies will pressure you with their insurance companies to avoid paying complete compensation for your troubles.  While many workers’ compensation situations are similar, each state has laws governing workers’ compensation.  Georgia is no different and has specific laws that our Atlanta attorneys with which are experienced.  At Bader Law firm, our skilled Atlanta attorneys are up to date and understand the details of Georgia workers’ compensation laws.  Whether you have been injured on the job recently, if you are dealing with an existing claim, or have been denied a claim, our legal team can help you navigate every step of the legal process.

Workers’ compensation is supposed to benefit all involved, from you and your employer to their insurance carrier.

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If you need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, contact the Bader Law Firm.

 However, in numerous instances, the insurance carrier will attempt to deny your claim.  When the insurance company is reluctant to offer the injured employee the compensation that they deserve, our skilled legal team can be there to help secure a workers’ compensation claim.  Often, insurance carriers will be wary of workers’ compensation fraud.  Fraud occurs when an employee attempts to make a fake or exaggerated an injury claim to acquire a payout.  In the same instance, employers may deny a claim because they do not want their insurance premiums to increase.  In some severe cases, companies have even attempted to cover up the accident and deny that it ever took place.  If dealing with workers’ compensation fraud your attorney will help you fill out the necessary form.  Your best chance of receiving the proper benefits from workers’ compensation is to hire a skilled and competent attorney to assist you through the litigation process.  Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys will gather evidence to aid your case and use examples such as medical reports, safety reports, and witnesses testimonies to help in your case needs.  Our experienced legal team will be able to file an appeal with the Georgia workers’ compensation board if for any reason your claim is denied.  Our professional Georgia attorneys will also help you decide if whether seeking additional damages for your injury is possible.  Workers’ compensation in the state of Georgia includes coverage of lost wages, medical treatments, both permanent and partial disability funds.  Sometimes with workers’ compensation cases, a third party may be partially responsible for the injuries.  One of our competent workers’ compensation attorneys will be able to determine if a third party had anything to do with your injury, which is usually a manufacturer of a defective piece of work equipment.

Georgia requires that all employers with three or more employees must offer workers’ compensation insurance.  Injured workers are given thirty days to file a “notice of injury” with their employer.  It is crucial to report an injury as soon as possible.  Waiting to report a sustained injury can delay the legal process.  Once your “notice of injury” has been filed with your employer than one of our workers’ compensation lawyers can help you file a WC-14 form with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.  Make sure you are aware of the needs that have to be addressed to move forward with a workers’ compensation case.  You will need to know the exact location where the injury took place.  Your employment will need to be confirmed with your employer.  You will need to prove that the injury was due to the course of your work.  It will be necessary to access the records of your wages.  Once your injury has been reported, you will need to visit a doctor that is provided through your employer’s insurance.  Many times your company will give you a list of physicians, and you must choose one on their list to visit.  Our attorneys will aid you in picking the best doctor to see.  We will also offer up the best doctor to visit in case a second opinion is needed.

There is never a guarantee that your workers’ compensation claim will go through.  Sometimes the insurance company will decide that due to lack of evidence that your injury was not caused by the work accident or that it was the result of a pre-existing condition.  Our Bader Law firm attorneys are familiar with the numerous tactics that employers use to try and get out of workers’ compensation claims.  We witnessed employers claim that the victim’s fall was caused by their negligence.  Employers will sometimes give employees unjust or negative performance reviews.  Our attorneys have even seen employers falsely claim that an employee’s injury has already healed.  If there’s an excuse to get out of workers’ compensation our Georgia attorneys have witnessed it and know how to fight back against them.  Our attorneys are familiar with the appeals process and will continue to fight for your rights until your claim has been settled.

In the state of Georgia, independent contractors are not offered workers’ compensation.  Often, employers will attempt to take advantage of this and try to falsely classify employees as independent contractors.  By doing this, the employer is avoiding having to pay workers’ compensation.  If you are an independent contractor, you may be eligible for benefits if you were given a structured work schedule from a third party.  If the working conditions you are under are not under your control but that of the employer then you may be able to collect workers’ compensation.  If the means by which you complete your job is based on another individual or company than workers’ compensation could be available to you.  The Bader Law firm’s Georgia attorneys will work alongside you to determine whether your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor.

Our Atlanta attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process.  We will fight for your rights when you have been injured at work and need help filing a workers’ compensation claim.  Our legal staff is up to date and fluent with Georgia workers’ compensation laws, and will work endlessly to make sure you are compensated fairly for your claim.  Please do not hesitate to call our office today and get started on your claim.

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