On Your Side In Workers’ Compensation Claims And Appeals
From back injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome, workplace injuries can have a lasting impact, both physically and financially. Thankfully, workers’ compensation exists to help injured workers address the costs associated with an on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, benefits are not automatic, and sometimes getting everything you are entitled to can be much more difficult than it should be.
If you have been hurt on the job, you should talk to an attorney right away to make sure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm in Cartersville and Greenville, we provide experienced representation for injured workers throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
Whether you were recently injured or you are having problems with an existing claim, call a trusted lawyer at 678-721-0417 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Considering that many of us spend most of our waking hours at work, it is perhaps no surprise, then, that workplace injuries are common. Almost all employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in case employees are hurt or become ill on the job. It is not a fault-based insurance, so employees are not required to prove their employer was negligent.
Workers’ compensation insurance is intended to cover all work-related injuries and occupational illnesses. Some of the common reasons people seek out worker’s compensation are:
- Slip-and-fall accidents such as falls on wet floors or oil on floors
- Falls from heights, including scaffolding falls
- Falling objects
- Repetitive motions and strain on wrists, shoulders, back, hips, knees or other body parts by lifting or twisting
- Forklift, crane, bulldozer, end loader and other heavy equipment accidents
- Conveyor belt, punch press, lathe, grinder or other factory machinery accidents
- Circular saw, drill, driver or other power tool accidents
- Work-related car or truck accidents
- Workplace explosions or fires
- Occupational sicknesses such as those suffered from inhaling fumes or exposure to toxic chemicals
Workers’ compensation benefits should cover all medical expenses related to the incident, including physical therapy and surgeries. Benefits should also cover lost wages. For workers’ who are not able to return to the same job because of the injury or illness, retraining should be provided. If the medical condition is permanent, the worker should be compensated for that as well.
Workers’ compensation can cover employees in any industry, from factory and industrial workers to restaurant and service industry workers to construction workers to people who work in offices.
The workers’ compensation process can be complicated and difficult to manage on your own when you are recovering from a job-related injury. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and make sure you include all the information that can help you receive the benefits you need.
You Can Appeal A Denied Claim Or Disrupted Benefits
Just because your claim is denied doesn’t mean it’s not valid. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, an attorney can help you appeal a decision and make sure you have all of the medical documentation and other information you need to make your appeal successful.
Further, if you were receiving workers’ compensation benefits but they have been cut off for some reason and you believe they should continue, we can team up with you to help you get everything back on track. This includes situations involving disputes over maximum medical improvement, return to work, light duty and more.
Take Care Of Yourself And Get An Advocate On Your Side After Being Injured On The Job
Your back, head, neck or another injury is not something you should neglect or ignore. Timely, effective treatment and therapy can make a big difference in your long-term prognosis. Therefore, you should get the best available medical care as soon as possible. At the same time, you need to watch out for job-related issues as well as family finances. An attorney from our law firm can help you:
- Maximize your workers’ compensation benefits
- Determine whether there is a third-party liability claim to bring against a person or organization other than your employer
- Document facts associated with your accidental injury on the job
- Prepare compelling arguments to present to claims adjusters, and if necessary, a judge and/or jury in an appeal
- Communicate with medical care providers, social workers, life care planners and other professionals who may be involved in your recovery
Contact Us After A Workplace Injury For A Free Consultation
To talk to a lawyer about your workers’ compensation claim, call us any day of the week at 864-326-3073 or contact us online. We have offices in Greenville and Cartersville and serve clients throughout metro Atlanta and all of Georgia and South Carolina.