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What To Do If Hurt On The Job

What Should I Do If I Am Hurt At Work?

If you have been involved in a workplace accident, it is important to take the following steps in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.

  • NOTIFY YOUR EMPLOYER

Under Georgia law, an Injured Worker has 30 days in which to notify his or her employer of a workplace accident.  Notice can be verbal and can be given to your direct supervisor.  While you may have 30 days to notify your employer of your workplace accident, it is always in your best interest to notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible.

  • GET MEDICAL TREATMENT WITH A PANEL DOCTOR

By law, nearly all employers in Georgia are required to maintain what is known as a “panel of physicians.”  In most cases, this panel must include a list of at least six (6) doctors from which you are allowed to choose to seek medical treatment.  After you have notified your employer of your injury, be sure to ask your employer to see the panel of physicians and then choose a doctor from that list.  Your employer cannot tell you where to seek medical treatment – you have the right to choose.

  • YOUR HEALTH IS WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT 

When you have been hurt at work, getting medical treatment is the most important thing you can do.  In the event that your employer either does not have a panel of physicians or does not make the panel of physicians available to you, seek treatment at an emergency room or walk-in clinic.  Should you be forced to treat at an emergency room or walk-in clinic, make sure that you tell the doctor that you were hurt at work and explain to them the circumstances surrounding your accident.

  • MAKE SURE THE DOCTOR ADDRESSES WORK RESTRICTIONS

Whether your end up seeking medical treatment with a panel physician or at an emergency room/walk-in clinic, make sure that the doctor treating your specifically addresses your ability to return to work.  When treating for a workplace injury, a doctor will likely either remove you from work completely, allow you to return to work with certain light duty restrictions, or release you to return to work at full duty without restrictions.  The type of work restrictions placed upon you following your accident will be of vital importance moving forward, so be certain that your doctor addresses your work restrictions following the accident.

  • CONTACT AN ATTORNEY WHO SPECIALIZES IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

When you are injured at work, it is never too early to obtain legal counsel in order to ensure that your rights are protected and to ensure that you receive all of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win! Call:  678-242-7626

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Liability and Your Workers’ Compensation Case

Georgia Workers Compensation Liability

If you are injured in the course and scope of your employment, and your injury may have been fault, you may wonder whether you are barred from filing a workers’ compensation claim.  The good news for workers injured in Georgia is that, generally speaking, even if your workplace accident is your fault, you are still entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.  This is because Georgia is what is known as a “no-fault state.”  Under Georgia law, unless your injury is the result of horseplay or is caused by your willful disregard for a company policy, then you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

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Mileage Reimbursement

Something that Injured Workers’ often overlook when dealing with a workers’ compensation claim is an entitlement to reimbursement for mileage and other expenses associated with traveling for treatment related to your workers’ compensation claim. Whether you are required to travel locally or across the state, Georgia law allows for Injured Workers to be compensated for their travel.

As of the time of this writing, Injured Workers are entitled to receive 40 cents per mile as reimbursement for the travel associated with their workers’ compensation claim – including traveling to and from authorized medical appointments. It is important to note that there is a time limit within which you must request your reimbursement. All mileage must be presented for reimbursement within one year.

Further, if you are forced to come out pocket to pay for parking, it is important to note that those expenses are also subject to reimbursement. Just make sure that you keep any receipts associated with parking for your medical appointments. Also, be aware of the fact that there are certain circumstances in which you may be reimbursed for overnight stays and meals. It is recommended that you speak with an attorney in order to ensure that you are receiving all of the benefits that you are entitled to.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident? It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented. Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates. We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

If you have questions about your workers compensation benefits, please call us at 678-242-7626 or complete the intake form below!

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Outstanding Child Support Obligations and Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

Following a workplace accident, you may find yourself facing significant financial strain.  Faced with such financial strains, Injured Workers often find themselves falling behind on a number of financial obligations – including child support.

In the event that you fall behind on your child support payments, your workers’ compensation benefits may be impacted in two ways.  First, your weekly workers’ compensation checks may be reduced in order to pay back child support.  Alternatively, in the event that your claim involves a lump sum settlement, your portion of the settlement may be reduced by the amount of child support that past due.  These financial arrangement are often negotiable, but it is recommended that you speak with an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of situations.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

If you’d like to discuss your Georgia workers compensation case, please call at 678-242-7626 or complete the intake form below.

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Stipulation and Agreement in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

Stipulation and Agreement in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

After you claim has settled and the settlement documents have been approved by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, by law, the Employer/Insurer will have 20 days (17 days if the insurer is located outside of Georgia) in which to issue the settlement checks.  In the event the settlement checks are not issued within 20 days of the Board’s approval of the settlement documents, then the Employer/Insurer may be subject to a late-payment penalty equal to 20% of the total settlement amount.

It important to note that the Employer/Insurer will issue two separate checks – one check to cover the attorney’s fees and expenses, and a second check made payable to the injured worker.  These checks will often be mailed to your attorney’s office and your attorney will contact you once they have received the settlement proceeds.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

If you’d like to discuss your Georgia workers compensation case, please call at 678-242-7626 or complete the intake form below.

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Workers’ Compensation…Exclusive Remedy Under Georgia Law

If you are injured at work due to the negligence of your employer or a co-worker the question may arise “can I sue the at-fault party for their negligence?”  Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is because under Georgia law, when it comes to workplace injuries, filing a workers’ compensation claim is an injured worker’s exclusive remedy.

The so-called “Exclusive Remedy Doctrine” is both good news and bad news for workers injured in Georgia.  The good news is, if you are injured in the course and scope of your employment, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim – regardless of who is at fault.  Consequently, in most circumstances, you are permitted to file a workers’ compensation claim even if the accident was your fault.  This is true unless you were intoxicated, engaged in horseplay, or were engaged in some type of willful misconduct at the time of the accident.

The flip side of the Exclusive Remedy Doctrine is that since the employer or insurer must accept any claim that occurs in the course and scope of employment (with the exception of the specific instances detailed above) an injured worker cannot bring a cause of action for negligence against their employer or a co-worker.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

If you’d like to discuss your Georgia workers compensation case, please call at 678-242-7626 or complete the intake form below.

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