I was injured at work. I get pain and suffering, right?
Wrong, unfortunately. As an Atlanta work injury lawyer, this is what I would change if I could only change one thing about the workers’ compensation law in Georgia.
If you hire me, my job is to maximize your benefits and your recovery (settlement) at the end of the case. While there is no money allowed for pain and suffering in a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, there are three benefits which can be squeezed like a lemon to maximize your benefits and your settlement.
- Medical Benefits – This includes payment for doctor appointments, medications, physical therapy, x-rays and MRIs, durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, surgeries, etc.
- Income Benefits – If your authorized treating physician says you cannot work at all, or if he/she says you can work only light duty, but your employer cannot offer work suitable to your restrictions, then you are entitled to two-thirds of your weekly wages.
- Impairment Rating – This is a disability rating assigned by your authorized treating physician once you reach what is called, “maximum medical improvement” – which just means, “you’re as good as you’re gonna get.” This is essentially a formula that is used to quantify loss of use of a body part into dollars. While this is NOT pain and suffering, it is the closest thing we have in Georgia.
So, call me for a 100% free consultation. Even if you don’t hire me, I want to make sure you’re informed. Don’t let the insurance company push you around. Pick Rick – I’m here to help.