Worker’s Compensation Lawyer Serving Augusta, GA
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness, you may face lost wages, large medical bills, or permanent discomfort or disability. Under Georgia law, most employers are required to maintain insurance to make sure that your injury expenses are covered at no cost to you.
Because Workers’ Compensation is an area of the law where your employer has a lot of control, they may attempt to under-compensate you for your injury. Don’t think you have to fight them alone. At The Hawk Firm in Augusta, we fight to ensure you get maximum benefits under workers’ compensation laws in the state of Georgia.
Workplace injuries can happen at any time. Whether you work in construction, a factory, a school, or an office environment, it is possible to sustain an injury due to falls, heavy lifting; long-term exposure to toxins, radiation, or noise; joint stress, and more.
For a free consultation about your legal options following an on-the-job accident or work-related injury or illness, call 706-724-8537 to talk to an experienced lawyer who can help you understand your rights, negotiate on your behalf, and – if a settlement can’t be reached – prepare your case and represent you in trial.
For more information about your rights after a work-related accident, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation. We handle workers’ compensation cases in the Augusta area and throughout Georgia.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits
You are eligible for TTD benefits when you are not cleared to work by your doctor. You may also receive TTD when your doctor approves you for only light-duty work, but none is available. Though you must wait one week before receiving weekly checks during your work absence, you can be paid for that waiting period if you cannot return to work after 21 days. The total of each check amounts to two-thirds of your average weekly compensation up to $675.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Benefits
If you’ve returned to work but are making less than before the accident, whether due to fewer hours worked or a lower hourly wage, you may be eligible for TPD benefits. Each weekly check represents two-thirds of your average weekly compensation up to $450 up to a maximum term of 350 weeks from the accident date.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits
Over half the workers’ compensation claims filed in the United States are for PPD benefits. Work-related diseases qualify in addition to injuries. PPD benefits are available only when TTD or TPD payments are not being issued. Each check represents two-thirds of your average weekly compensation up to $675, payable either in weekly checks or a lump sum.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation FAQs
How Long Do I Have To Work To Be Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Georgia?
You are eligible for workers’ comp GA as soon as you start your job.
How Do I Know if the Company I Work For Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Georgia?
Even though employers are required by law to have coverage if they have three or more employees, you can verify coverage at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation website. Look under “How Do I verify an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage” for more information.
Who is Eligible for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Georgia Claim?
Several factors determine your eligibility. Georgia businesses must provide insurance if they employ three or more employees, and in some cases, must also cover subcontractors’ employees. Workers’ compensation is no-fault, meaning that the employee does not bear the burden of proof. Claims must be made within the time limit for the state in which the claim is filed, which in many states is up to two years from the accident.
Get Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Georgia Claim
Because of the potential long-term effects and devastating financial burden that on-the-job injuries can cause, it is critical that you have counsel on what to expect before accepting compensation. It is to the employer’s benefit to attempt to reimburse the current expenses and call it done. Unfortunately, as many employees have learned the hard way, that could only be the tip of the iceberg.
To learn more about your rights and entitlements for workers’ compensation in the Augusta Georgia area, contact The Hawk Firm today.