Workplace accidents are, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of our everyday lives. Our workers’ compensation attorneys see each day how these incidents can disrupt the course of career prospects and personal lives.
After the work accident, your injuries may cause you to be side-lined from your job and without an income, while medical bills and other accident-related expenses pile up. You may be wondering if you are eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits to alleviate the financial strain you may be under and to recover the damages you face.
Fortunately, most employers must have workers’ compensation insurance policies in place in the event that an employee is injured at work. This cover is meant to be a safety net for employees who are injured in a workplace accident to compensate for all economic accident-related losses suffered. Workers’ compensation benefits make provision for damages such as accident-related medical expenses, loss of income, and loss of future earning potential.
There are different kinds of workplace injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation. Some injuries happen quickly and suddenly such as a construction accident or warehouse accident. Others may occur over time, such as toxic exposure, repetitive stress injury, and PTSD.
When you need guidance understanding whether your on-the-job injury makes you eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, contact Moebes Law in Atlanta, GA for a workers’ comp attorney to review your case.
Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in Georgia
Here is what you should know about your right to workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia:
Your workers’ compensation claim does not have to be based on a single event at work.
Toxic exposure, workplace-related illnesses, and repetitive stress injuries occur over a period of time and are not the result of one isolated accident. For example, you may use chemicals as a routine part of your job and this exposure may cause you harm over time. You may only realize it months or years later.
In this case, you are still entitled to claim workers’ compensation to cover your related medical expenses, replacement income while you recover, and permanent disability benefits should you be unable to return to work.
Employer negligence is not a requirement for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
In Georgia, the victim of a workplace accident is not required to prove who is at fault for the injury. Strong evidence of how the incident occurred is still, however, important to gather as the insurance company may be reluctant to pay fair benefits and may try to dispute your claim.
You must report the incident to your employer as soon as possible.
If you do not report your injuries immediately it could be disputed that your injuries did not occur at the workplace, and you will then not be eligible to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
You may not be eligible for workers’ compensation in some circumstances.
Workers’ compensation benefits are not available for willful misconduct or to those who deliberately violate workplace rules.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia
Our skilled legal team at Moebes Law in Atlanta, Georgia is here to help you seek fair compensation for the losses you have faced due to your workplace injuries or illnesses. We will assess your case during a free initial consultation to determine what evidence is required to prove your lack of liability and the damages you have suffered.
Your lawyer will handle all the paperwork and negotiations on your behalf so that you focus on your recovery. Call us today at 404-941-7666 or fill in our online contact form to schedule your free case assessment with one of our knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers in Georgia.