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Questions about Georgia Workers' Compensation Laws:
Rocky, I have been injured on the job. What should I do?
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you should
report it immediately to your employer (boss, foreman, supervisor,
etc.) as soon as possible. If you wait longer than 30 days
after your injury to report it, you may lose your right to collect
medical and income benefits. For more information please call
me at 1-404-835-4246 so that we may discuss your situation in detail
Rocky, how much will it cost me to hire you as my attorney on
my Georgia workers' compensation claim?
First, on workers' compensation cases, you pay absolutely no money
out of your own pocket! Rocky will work for you on a
contingency fee basis. "Contingency" means that an attorney
takes no money from his client but instead receives a percentage of
any settlement or judgment. As an injured worker, this means
it costs you nothing to hire me.
The attorney fee will be based on an agreement between you and your
lawyer. Attorneys' fees are subject to the approval of the State Board of Workers'
Compensation. This means that before an attorney can be paid,
the State Board of Workers' Compensation must FIRST approve the fee.
Georgia law provides that an attorney may collect 25% of any
settlement or income benefit that an attorney earns. For more
information please call me at 1-404-835-4246 so that we can discuss your case
in detail today.
After you have hired me to represent you, I will deal with each and
every aspect of your case personally, including ALL contact with
your employer and its' insurance company. I also contact your
treating physicians personally so that I can ensure your treatment
is followed closely. I will manage your case while you rest
and take the necessary time to heal from your injuries!
Rocky, what do I need to know about Georgia Workers' Compensation
This is a very important question, and I encourage you to contact me
personally so that we may discuss each and every fact and
circumstance of your case. In Georgia, the State Board of Workers'
Compensation has jurisdiction for injuries arising out of and in the
course of employment. The purpose of the State Board of Workers' Compensation
is to provide injured workers access to the system.
Georgia workers' compensation laws
are comprised of State Laws and Board Rules that are highly technical.
The Workers Compensation laws in Georgia require a thorough
understanding of not only the law, but also how each law and Rule is
applied in each case. However, there is some general information that you should
be aware of.
As an injured worker, Georgia Law provides several potential benefits to you.
If you are injured as a result of a work accident, you are generally
entitled to medical treatment, weekly income benefit checks for lost
time from work, money benefits for a permanent disability rating
and, in some cases, rehabilitation benefits.
I will work to ensure that you receive EACH AND EVERY benefit that
you are entitled to. Remember, insurance companies represent YOUR
EMPLOYER, NOT YOU. If you talk to a representative of your
employer's insurance company, also known as an "adjuster," always
keep this fact in mind: the adjuster represents your employer, not
If you have been injured on the job, you need to act fast to
preserve your rights under the Georgia workers' compensation laws.
Keep in mind that there are time limits on filing your notice of
claim with the Board. Just because your employer and its'
insurance company has knowledge of your injury does not mean that
they have filed this Notice with the Board. Only you or your
attorney would do this. In Georgia, you generally have only
one year from the date of your work injury to file this Notice of
Claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation.
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Rocky, how will I get medical treatment?
Georgia law provides that an employer, or its insurer, is to provide
medical treatment to you at no cost to you. You are entitled
to any treatment that is recommended by your physician that will
give relief and/or effect a cure that are a result of your
work-related injury. Additionally, you are entitled to be reimbursed
for costs of mileage going to and from your medical appointments.
Rocky, how do I get my medicine?
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Rocky, am I entitled to chose any doctor I want?
Again, this is an important question and depends upon a wide range
of circumstances. In most circumstances you will have to
receive treatment from a physician that is listed on your employer's
posted list of doctors. This list is called a "Posted Panel of
Physicians." However, in some circumstances, you can choose a
physician of your own choice. You should contact me at once at
that we may properly evaluate your case for FREE over the telephone.
Rocky, my doctor has recommended that I have an MRI or CT scan.
My employer's insurance company refuses to pay for it. What should I
I receive calls similar to this every day. Generally, your
employer and their insurer are required by the law to pay for any
treatment or procedure recommended by the authorized treating
physician. If your doctor has asked that it be done, this is VERY
IMPORTANT. Contact me at 1-404-835-4246 so that we may properly discuss
your case FREE over the telephone. I can work for you to
ensure that you receive the treatment you require.
Rocky, how will I receive INCOME BENEFITS?
If you are injured in a work-related accident, and you have been
disabled from working by your treating physician, you are entitled
to weekly income benefits if you have missed more that seven (7)
days of work. Your first check should be mailed within 21 days
after the first day you missed from work.
Georgia Workers Compensation law provides that you are entitled to
receive monetary payments while the doctor has you OUT OF WORK and
you are temporarily disabled due to your work-injury. The
amount of temporary disability is based upon two-thirds of your
average weekly wage, with established maximums, depending upon the
date of your injury. These income benefits are paid in weekly
payments to you directly.
Rocky, my employer has sent me a document that says I must return
back to work.
What should I do?
Again, this is a very technical aspect of the Georgia Workers
Compensation laws. If you are on what is known as "light duty"
work restrictions and your employer has light duty work, generally
you must make an attempt to perform the work. If you cannot,
discuss this with your authorized treating physician. If you
feel your situation needs attention immediately, call me at
1-404-835-4246 so that we may properly discuss
your case FREE over the telephone. I can work for you to
ensure that your return to work is proper and timely.
Rocky, my doctor says that I have a permanent partial disability
What does this mean?
This means that you will receive a benefit check (either paid over
several weeks or in a lump sum) based on the type and extent of your
permanent disability. The authorized treating physician
determines any percentage of disability or bodily loss ratings based
upon Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fifth
edition, published by the American Medical Association.
Rocky, my neighbor settled his workers compensation claim for
How much should I expect to receive when we settle my case?
Every workers compensation case is unique. Each must be
evaluated on its own facts and circumstances, and only a qualified
attorney can give you the advice and counsel you need to make a
properly informed decision. For example, one of the factors that can
affect the value of a case is your weekly benefit amount, the extent
of your injury and the likelihood of future medical care. This
does not mean that other factors do not also play a role.
Contact me at 1-404-835-4246 so that we may properly discuss your
case FREE over the telephone. I can work for you to ensure
that you receive every penny that you deserve.
Rocky, I was injured at work, but I FAILED my drug test. What
should I do?
This is an area that is very technical in nature. The laws on
drugs in the work place are very complicated in workers'
compensation cases. Just because you failed a drug test does
not necessarily mean that you cannot fight to obtain workers'
compensation benefits. Contact me at 1-404-835-4246 so that we may
properly discuss your case and your alleged positive drug test FREE
over the telephone. I can possibly work for you to ensure that
your employer followed the law in this area.
contact Rocky about your case today.