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At Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, we are proud legal advocates for injured workers in Athens, Georgia. We believe in standing up for the rights of workers who suffer on-the-job injuries, especially when these injuries are caused by a lack of care (negligence) on the part of an employer or another party. If you or a loved one recently suffered a work injury in Georgia, find out how we can help you get back on your feet. Request a free case consultation with a local Athens work injury lawyer today by calling (678) 504-8564.
Why You Need an Athens Work Injury Attorney
Hiring an attorney can make you confident that you will not be taken advantage of by your employer or an insurance provider when you are at your most vulnerable. While these parties may wish to downplay your work injury and devalue your claim, your lawyer will do the opposite. You can trust your lawyer to do everything possible to maximize the outcome of your claim, as well as to make sure that you have everything else you need to recover. No matter what type of injury or illness you suffered, your lawyer will work tirelessly to achieve a fair resolution on your behalf.
What Causes the Most On-the-Job Injuries in Georgia?
Some industries and workplaces may be more dangerous than others, but a worker can suffer a serious injury in virtually any work environment. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2020, 193 workers tragically lost their lives and thousands of others were seriously injured while working in Georgia. The most commonly reported work accidents were:
- Transportation incidents
- Contact with objects and equipment
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Violence and injuries by persons and animals
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments
- Struck-by objects
- Caught-in running equipment or machinery
Workplace accidents can result in life-changing injuries, including broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, burn injuries, brain injuries, amputations and spinal cord injuries. Even if a worker only suffers minor injuries, they can be painful and costly. If you or a loved one was recently injured at work in Athens under any circumstances, you may be entitled to financial compensation from one or more outlets.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation FAQs
All 50 states have some version of the workers’ compensation program. This program was enacted to provide employees with financial compensation to cover their injuries and related losses if the injuries were caused out of the scope and course of employment. Learn more about Georgia’s workers’ comp program here:
- How does workers’ compensation work in Georgia? To qualify for workers’ comp benefits in Georgia, you don’t have to show that anyone was negligent or caused your injury. If your employer has workers’ comp insurance, you can file a no-fault claim.
- Who is eligible for workers’ comp in Georgia? In Georgia, any employer with three or more workers must carry workers’ comp insurance. This insurance covers almost all occupational injuries and illnesses, as long as they are not caused by the employee’s recklessness or horseplay.
- How soon do I have to report a work injury in Georgia? You must report a workplace accident, injury or illness within no more than 30 days. If you miss this deadline, you may no longer be eligible for workers’ comp coverage.
Once you report your work injury, your employer will fill out and file the necessary paperwork to start your workers’ comp claim. It is important, however, not to accept an insurance settlement or sign anything sent to you by an insurance company for a work injury before you consult with an attorney. You may have financial recovery rights outside of the workers’ comp system.
Did Negligence Cause Your Athens Work Injury?
Negligence is the failure to act with due care, resulting in injury or harm to others. If you have reason to believe that your recent workplace injury or illness resulted from negligence on the part of your employer, a coworker, a contractor, a product manufacturer or another party, discuss the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit with an attorney right away. A negligence lawsuit may result in greater financial compensation for your losses. In the meantime, do not accept a workers’ comp settlement, as once you do, you can no longer sue your employer.
If someone other than your employer caused or contributed to your work injury in Athens (a third party), you may be able to recover financial reimbursement through both a workers’ comp claim and a personal injury lawsuit. This can provide greater coverage for a serious injury. An attorney from Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, can carefully review your case, list your recovery options and give you advice about which type of claim to file before you make any final decisions.
Compensation Available for a Work Injury in Georgia
Obtaining full and just financial compensation can be critical to your future as an injured worker. You may be facing expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and medications while also dealing with lost wages for a short-term or long-term disability. Recovering fair compensation can allow you and your family to pay the bills and move forward. A workers’ comp insurance settlement can cover:
- Medically necessary treatments
- Up to two-thirds of your lost income
- Disability costs (partial, total, temporary or permanent)
- Death benefits
A personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, could result in:
- Past and future medical costs
- 100 percent of your lost income
- Lost future capacity to earn
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of consortium
- Death benefits
- Punitive damages
The Athens personal injury attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, encourage you to use our free consultation to determine the value of your case before rushing into a fast settlement. We will help you avoid accepting less than you deserve for a serious work-related injury from an insurance provider. Our lawyers can fight for maximum financial compensation through all available sources on your behalf.
Contact a Work Injury Attorney in Athens Today | Free Case Consultations
If you or a loved one has been injured at work in Athens, Georgia, don’t hesitate to contact Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, for a free case consultation. Our attorneys have been helping injured workers across Georgia since 1993. We understand what you need to get through this difficult time. Find out how we can help you and your family after a job-related accident today. Schedule a free consultation at (678) 504-8564.