Macon Workers Compensation Attorney
Getting injured on the job is more common than you think. That’s why workers compensation exists. Workers compensation is insurance that provides assistance to workers who have been injured on the job. Injuries can range from extremely serious, such as a major fall that resulted in a brain or spinal injury, or a more minor injury like carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive use.
What am I eligible for?
Figuring out which benefits you are eligible for can be tricky and confusing. If you are a part-time or full-time worker who has been injured, you may be eligible to receive all or some of these benefits:
- Lifetime medical benefits
- Mileage reimbursement
- Temporary Total Benefits
- Temporary Partial Benefits
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
- Permanent partial disability is where you are not completely disabled but part of you has suffered a permanent disability that you will face for the rest of your life.
You cannot receive compensation for pain and suffering in a workers compensation case. The Workers Compensation Act protects employers and only requires them to pay medical bills, wages and permanent impairment.
Could I lose my job if I file a workers compensation claim?
You’re probably concerned that if you hire a lawyer to assist you with your workers compensation claim that you could lose your job. Losing your job for this reason is very rare. It only happens when you are totally disabled and are no longer able to perform essential job functions. Typically, injured employees are released to lighter duty activities and can still have their medical bills paid. Since workers compensation does not offer job protection, a lawyer cannot keep you from losing your job, but it is unlikely that you will just because you are filing a claim.
How can hiring a lawyer help me?
If you’re already getting a weekly check, you might be wondering why you should hire a lawyer. Lawyers can help you receive compensation for a medical procedure that you were previously denied coverage for or additional reimbursements like mileage expenses to the doctor’s office.
How do lawyer fees work?
Attorney fees have to be approved by a judge. Attorneys earn money based off incremental effort, which means that anything earned for you above what you are already receiving will pay our fees. If you think you should be receiving more than you are currently, contact an attorney.
All of this applies to me. What should I do now?
In Georgia, you have 30 days to report your injury to your employer after it occurs. If you exceed 30 days, you could become ineligible for benefits. The attorneys at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh are here to help you get the settlement that you deserve. We’ll also be able to help you answer questions like “Can I go back to work, even though I’ve been injured?” or “Can I go to the doctor of my choice?” and any other questions you might have.
Contact the attorneys at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh today at 478-787-0047.