What you MUST know when injured on the job
If you suffer an injury on the job, you may be entitled to Georgia Workers Compensation benefits, including free medical care, weekly pay checks and additional compensation. It does not matter if you were at fault for the injury or that your employer has refused to pay for your medical bills and lost wages, because you still may be covered under Georgia’s law so long as you were injured on the job. Every employer in Georgia with more than 3 employees must provide workers compensation coverage to all employees.
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Why Experienced Lawyers Matter
The workers compensation laws are supposed to help injured works but in real life the system does not always do that. Your employer and its insurance company may try to avoid providing benefits to save money for the insurance company and to protect the employer from increased workers compensation insurance premiums.
Here are some common ways an employer and its insurance company tries to avoid paying benefits.
- They claim the employee was not injured on the job but at home.
- They claim the employee is faking or exaggerating the injury.
- They claim the employee lied about a pre-existing medical condition.
- They claim the employee has recovered from the injury and can return to work.
- They fire the employee after the injury and ignore the claim.
- They pay wage benefit checks late to make the employee want to settle the claim early.
- They send employees to conservative doctors who find the employee capable of working no matter what the medical condition.
- They refuse to agree to let the employee see a specialist.
- They refuse to allow necessary and justified surgery.
- They send employees to independent medical examiners who will say there is nothing wrong and the employee must be exaggerating the injury because there is no basis for continued pain.
- Woman receives $240,000 for injuries received from boxes falling on her at retail store.
- Woman receives $120,000 for cervical spine injury requiring epidural steroid injections after automobile accident.
- Man in mid-30s receives $120,000 in damages for cervical spine fracture suffered in truck collision.
- Woman in her early 20s receives $96,000 for physical and psychological damages caused by food tampering at restaurant.
- Man in mid-20s receives $31,107 in damages for back injury suffered from truck wreck caused by downed power line.