Augusta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Working Hard to Get You Compensated
Simply stepping out into the world and going to work every day presents the opportunity for an accident. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Georgia alone experienced 186 workplace fatalities and more than 77,500 nonfatal workplace injuries in 2018 alone. Of course, if you work a job that is more dangerous, requiring hard labor, heavy lifting, or operating machinery, this is even more true.
If you get injured on the job, there’s a solid chance you won’t be able to go back to work right away. That lost income can be pretty scary when you start receiving medical bills from your workplace injury. How will you take care of yourself and your family? Fortunately, every state has a workers’ compensation plan that will give you needed relief after a workplace accident.
Not every accident and injury is serious enough to require medical treatment or time away from work. But when serious injuries do occur, it is critical that you understand your rights and options regarding workers’ compensation benefits.
That said, the application process to receive workers’ compensation can be complex and take weeks or even months. If you don’t get approved, you may need to appeal, which could drag your case on even longer. An experienced workplace accident lawyer can take this stress away, ensuring you get approved the first time or easily navigating the appeals process if you aren’t. If you’ve been injured at work, contact a workplace injury lawyer to get your claim approved right away.
At The Hawk Firm, we offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients across the state of Georgia and we can assist you with your claim at any step in the process—from initial filing through appeals, if necessary.
Here are some of the most common claims workers’ compensation lawyers encounter:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Falling from heights
- Repetitive stress or motion-related injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries caused by overexertion
- Injuries caused by walking into fixed objects
- Being struck by falling or swinging objects
- On-the-job car accidents
- Injuries related to slipping and tripping without falling (known as reaction injuries)
- Becoming entangled in machinery
- Severe back and neck trauma
- Workplace attacks and on-the-job violence
Can I Sue My Employer for My Workplace Accident?
One of the reasons workers’ comp was created was to make things easier for you. It’s so you can get relief without needing to prove your employer was at fault. Essentially, workers’ compensation is based on a compromise: Workers are who receive compensation for their work-related injuries do so in exchange for waiving the right to sue their employer. Companies are protected from legal liability in exchange for compensating the injured worker.
This is how Georgia’s worker’ comp program is supposed to work, as detailed in the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. Unfortunately, Georgia laws and practices have changed in recent decades that have given more power to employers and insurance companies at the expense of injured workers.
Some folks, however, may elect not to use workers’ comp in favor of suing their employer. If you’re successful at suing your employer, you could get 100% of your lost wages, your doctor of choice, and potentially money for pain and suffering. If you’re curious whether or not you should sue your employer for a workplace injury, you should speak with a workplace accidents attorney who can determine the option that is best for you.
Who is Workers’ Compensation For?
Workers’ compensation, often referred to as “workers’ comp”, is the main government program for making sure workers’ are taken care of in the event of a workplace injury. The vast majority of employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which covers their employees. There are a few categories that aren’t covered by workers’ comp, such as the employer or an independent contractor. Government employees have their own version of workers’ comp. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re eligible for workers’ comp in Augusta, speak to a workplace accident lawyer today.
Who Operates Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation programs are run by their state. When it comes down to it, your actual money will come from whichever workers’ compensation insurance company your employer carries. Employers select their workers’ compensation insurance company and pay a premium. Your workers’ comp shouldn’t be taken out of your paycheck, your employer has to pay for it. Workplace accident lawyers handle workers’ comp claims on a regular basis and can help you navigate the system to ensure you aren’t taken advantage of.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation Without a Lawyer?
Of course, anyone is welcome to fill out an application for workers’ comp. However, if you apply on your own, you’re much less likely to get approved. The workers’ comp system is complicated, and making even the smallest mistake can lead to rejection. If you get rejected, the appeals process all but requires legal help.
There’s a solid chance you’ll end up working with a workers’ compensation attorney anyway, so it’s better and cheaper to do it from the start and get approved the first time. Give The Hawk Firm at 706-724-8537 and let us help you navigate the world of workers’ compensation.
Here is what a workers’ comp attorney can do for you: A workers’ comp attorney guides you throughout the length of your claim process. They assist in filing the initial claim as well as fighting for compensation. If you were injured on the job, a lawyer can help you receive the just compensation you deserve, whether it is lost wages, medical expenses, or another qualifying expense.
A workers’ comp attorney can also make sure that you avoid running into problems such as: (1) Although such actions are illegal, some workers get fired for filing a claim; (2) At times, workers’ unknowingly give up important rights and protections because of what they say/do (or fail to say/do) when reporting the accident; (3) Claims can also be denied because of confusion about medical care and treatment requirements. There are strict procedures about which care providers are covered and what kind of treatments are allowed, and having a workers’ comp attorney will ensure that.
Give The Hawk Firm at 706-724-8537 and let us help you navigate the world of workers’ compensation.