Workplace accidents happen quickly and unexpectedly, not only in Georgia, but all around the United States. The consequences of workplace injuries are likely not something that we are well prepared to deal with. Being seriously injured at work could affect your daily routines, your ability to perform at work, and also result in a mountain of medical debt.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation law in Georgia states that companies with three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
If you were injured at work, your employers’ insurance policy may cover your accident-related expenses such as your medical bills, disability benefits, rehabilitation, and lost wages. This benefit does not, however, cover intangible losses such as pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life enjoyment.
What Your Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim May Be Worth
Unexpected injuries and medical expenses are not something we budget for, and you may be under immense financial pressure after the accident. You are likely anxious to know what your workers’ compensation claim may be worth.
While there is no formula to determine exactly what you will recover, your experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can estimate your potential recovery when investigating your case. This can be useful to know when settlement offers are presented to you as you will be able to determine what is fair and what is inadequate to cover your losses.
Below are a few factors that your attorney may consider when estimating the value of your workers’ compensation claim.
The severity of your workplace injuries
The seriousness of your injury on the job will significantly influence your potential recovery. More-severe injuries will typically involve more costs, such as ongoing treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation, home modifications, and even disability benefits if your injuries are permanent.
Past and future medical expenses
Unexpected medical expenses are likely piling up after being injured at work. Your injury-related doctor’s visits, medical procedures, treatments, medication, diagnostic imaging, and future treatment will be considered when estimating your potential recovery. All future medical expenses can also be included as part of your claim as you may not yet have reached maximum medical improvement when settlement negotiations begin.
Your loss of income and earning potential in the future
Your injuries may have rendered you unable to perform at full capacity at work, or you may even be unable to return to work for some time while you recover. Your missed paychecks or reduction in your salary will be considered when estimating the potential value of your claim. If you are left with permanent disabilities and are unable to return to the same line of work in the future, you may be able to include the loss of future earning potential as part of your potential recovery. In Georgia, injured employees are usually entitled to, at most, 400 weeks of lost wages.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment with an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Atlanta
Call us today at Moebes Law to sit down with one of our highly skilled Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers for a free consultation. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your case with a professional in the field, ask any questions you may have about the process, and learn what common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim. We can be reached at 404-354-5432 or via our online contact form. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.