Workers’ compensation can be a complicated subject, and it’s not always easy to navigate when you’re recovering from your injuries and trying to keep your life moving. Here are some of the questions we hear most regarding workers’ compensation cases in Georgia. 

I was injured on the job. How long do I have to report my workers’ compensation claim?

After you’re hurt, you have 30 days to let your supervisor or employer know about your injury. While verbal notification is technically all that’s needed, it’s safest to send the notification in writing in case your timing is ever questioned. 

Why should I be careful about returning to work immediately after my accident? 

Employers will sometimes encourage injured workers to come back on light duty right after a workplace injury. Be careful about returning to work before seven days, however. If you return early and realize you’re more injured than you thought, you will not be eligible later for benefits. 

Can I be fired if I file for workers’ compensation in Georgia?

Georgia is an at-will employment state, so your employment status is never a guarantee. However, if you believe you’ve been fired due to your injury (even if you were able to perform a job with modifications), you’ll want to speak to an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer. 

What’s the posted panel of physicians? 

Employers with three or more workers must provide a list of doctors who will treat employees following an on-the-job injury. While you’re required to choose a doctor from the list, you do have the right to a second opinion from another doctor on the panel.

How quickly will I start receiving benefits, and how much will I receive?

The employer/insurer has 21 days to investigate your work accident. If your claim is accepted, you should start receiving benefits after this time. Georgia’s maximum weekly benefits payment is $675. If you’re not entitled to the maximum amount, you will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage.

I’m still hurt after my accident. How long can I receive medical treatment? 

In Georgia, medical treatment is capped at 400 weeks post-injury, unless your claim is deemed catastrophic by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. 

How much is a typical workers’ comp settlement?

On average, settlements range from $17,000 to $27,000. Injured workers who get help from a lawyer typically see results on the higher end of that range. Those who accept the initial offer can expect to average $10,000 or less. If an insurance company makes you a settlement offer, you’ll want to speak to a workers’ comp lawyer first. By accepting, you’ll give up your right to seek additional compensation—even if your injuries worsen.

How do I maximize my workers’ comp settlement?

Positioning yourself for a strong settlement begins immediately after your injury. Make sure you follow the proper procedures—notifying your employer, receiving a medical exam and filing for workers’ compensation. Avoid missing any deadlines. By working with an attorney experienced in the complexities of workers’ comp cases, you’ll be in a strong position to negotiate the best settlement possible.

My claim was denied. Now what? 

Sometimes claims are denied due to simple clerical errors. Your employer may not have reported your injury accurately or they may have given the insurance company inaccurate information. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters just don’t respond to clients. However, if it’s not just an error, you’ll need to file an appeal. Your best chance to overturn your claim denial is at your first hearing, which is why you need a workers’ compensation attorney to help you make the best case possible. 

Didn’t get to your question? We’re always here to help sort out your concerns regarding Atlanta workers’ compensation issues.  

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you’ve been injured on the job, you need an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Laura Lanzisera today for a free consultation.

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