Workers’ Compensation – Injury & Benefits
Workers’ Compensation lawyer serving injured workers in North Georgia including Acworth, Cartersville, Canton, Kennesaw, Rome and Woodstock areas.
You are injured on your job. You need medical care or treatment, and will lose income if you are out of work. What can you do?
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation insurance, and their employees are entitled to benefits for on-the-job injury, occupational disease, or death. Workplace injuries can include lower back or spinal cord injuries, shoulder or back injuries, joint or knee injuries, hand injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chemical exposure, occupational diseases, or even preexisting conditions that have made worse by job duties.
At the law offices of Joseph W. Segraves, Attorney at Law in Kennesaw, we protect the rights of injured workers in North Georgia and the North Atlanta area. CONTACT US today for a free half-hour consultation. We handle all workers’ compensation claims on a contingency basis. For more information, please visit our WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FAQs page.
Whether you are filing an initial claim or need to appeal a claim that has been denied, we can help. If you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in addition to your workers’ comp benefits, we can help. We can also evaluate the circumstances of your injury to determine if you may be eligible to file a third-party personal injury claim.
Workers’ compensation attorney Joseph W. Segraves has nearly 25 years of experience handling workers’ comp cases in Georgia. He also has a strong background in business, having worked for Schimizu America Corporation, a nationwide construction company, for over 10 years. Having managed the construction of chemical plants, auto plants, and other industrial buildings, he has a detailed understanding of workers’ compensation laws and regulations, as well as OSHA workplace safety regulations.
What Steps Should I Take If I Have Been Hurt on the Job?
- In a medical emergency, get medical help immediately. If possible, obtain medical treatment from your company’s authorized physician. If an authorized physician is not available or if your employer refuses to pay for your treatment, you may select your own physician to provide emergency care.
- Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. If you did not immediately know-and had no reason to know-that you were injured or had an occupational disease, report the injury as soon as you become aware of it.
- Report your injury to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation as soon as you can, but at least within one year of the date of the injury.
- When you get medical benefits and treatment through workers’ comp, you are generally required to go to a doctor chosen by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company, called an “authorized treating physician.” Your employer is required to post a list of these physicians in prominent places on its business premises. This list is usually a pink piece of paper and often has an additional sheet with it explaining your rights or benefits under workers’ compensation law.
- If you are unable to work, ask your employer to pay you income benefits. Workers’ comp benefits usually include at least partial payment for any lost wages.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits May I Be Entitled To?
- Medical expenses, including doctor bills, hospital and clinic bills, and costs for laboratory tests, x-rays, MRIs, surgery, and other medically necessary procedures, outpatient treatment, nursing care, prescription medications, and travel expenses to and from medical treatment.
- Income benefits, which reimburse you at least partially for lost wages due to your injury. The level of payment can vary depending on the nature and degree of your injury.
- Catastrophic injury benefits, which can include rehabilitation or job retraining services, handicap accessibility assistance, long-term income benefits, and other benefits designed to enable you to have as normal a life as possible if your injury results in a permanent lost of your ability to earn a living. Examples of catastrophic injuries include blindness, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, paralysis and paraplegia.
- Death benefits, which are paid to your dependents if you are killed on the job.
When Is It Essential That I Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney?
We recommend that anyone who has suffered a serious on-the-job injury contact a lawyer in order to protect their rights. However, there are certain “red flags” that indicate that you may need legal advice right away:
- If you are injured at work and your employer refuses or fails to provide medical benefits-or income benefits if you are unable to work.
- If you were hurt at work and your employer will not identify its workers’ compensation insurance carrier
- If you do not understand what workers’ comp benefits are available
- If you feel that the benefits you are offered are not adequate
- If you have a severe or catastrophic injury, or one that will keep you out of work for a substantial period of time or result in a long-term or permanent disability
A consultation with an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with the information you need to protect your rights and ensure that you obtain the benefits that you may be entitled to by law. Contact attorney Joseph W. Segraves today for a free half-hour consultation. Our law offices are located off I-585 on Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw.