Atlanta Work Injury and Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
A workplace injury can wreak havoc on your life – physically, emotionally, and financially.
You may be the breadwinner in your family and are worried about being fired and your claim being denied. Or, you may be afraid that, by hiring an attorney, it will just make things worse for you.
You may be out of work for a while, need surgery and rehab, or worse, not be able to do the job you used to do. What should you do?
Take a breath, and know that you have rights. We know what to do and can take action to help you immediately.
Under Georgia law, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance so that, in the event of a workplace injury, employees can be compensated for medical treatment, lost wages, and permanent disability.
DeMedeiros Injury Law handles a variety of workers’ compensation cases in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, including:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Hip injuries
- Severe spinal cord injuries
- Closed-head trauma
- Amputation injuries
- Upper and lower extremity injuries
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Work-related deaths
Contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached consultation.
Why Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Workers’ compensation ensures employees can secure benefits as a result of workplace injuries. It also exists to prevent injured workers from bringing lawsuits against employers.
Because it’s a system created to protect workers should a workplace accident occur, many believe they do not need a workers’ compensation lawyer.
However, it can be confusing and frustrating to navigate the workmens’ comp waters and understand your rights.
It’s important to understand that a workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit. You need a lawyer who specializes in handling workers’ compensation cases.
And not all cases are cut and dry. Some employers may contest the claim that the accident occured at work, or there may be an issue surrounding pre-existing conditions.
Insurance companies hate it when injured workers are represented by experienced workers’ compensation lawyers. It’s bad for business because insurance companies put profits over people.
It is a proven fact that injured workers represented by experienced workers’ compensation lawyers get significantly more benefits and significantly higher settlements than people who don’t have someone in their corner taking the fight to the insurance company.
Having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side not only makes the claim process easier, but it also ensures you get the best treatment possible so you can recover faster.
If you’ve been injured on the job, contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached consultation.
Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Georgia workers’ compensation law has rigid guidelines to determine how much you are entitled to as a result of a workplace injury or work-related death.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD): This type of compensation occurs when an authorized treating physician says you can’t work at all. Or, when your authorized treating physician says you can perform light-duty work, but your employer has none to offer you.
After a week of not working (the waiting period), you will be entitled to weekly checks that equal two-thirds of your average weekly wage for lost income until you are cleared by the physician to return to full-duty work or until your employer has suitable light-duty work for you.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD): TPD compensation occurs when your authorized treating physician clears you to go back to work, but only in a light-duty capacity. As a result, you are earning less money due to reduced work hours or because you are making less per hour due to a demotion.
Should you qualify, weekly TPD checks equal two-thirds of the difference in pay between what you were making pre-injury and what you are making now.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): This type of compensation typically occurs at the end of a claim when your authorized treating physician says you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Each body part affected from the workplace accident is assigned a number of weeks of benefits and the authorized treating physician assigns a percentage of disability (impairment rating) for that body part.
The final calculation is straightforward, but you will need an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to aggressively advocate for the highest possible impairment rating to be assigned to you. Weekly benefits for PPD equal two-thirds of the average weekly wage.
Work with an Experienced Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
No matter how severe your workplace injury, it’s important to work with someone who will fight for you to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled under law ‒ and keep you updated throughout every step of the process.
We pride ourselves on keeping our clients updated through phone calls, emails, letters, and even text messages. We are always here to talk and answer any questions you may have. Check out our online reviews, and you will see that we excel in client communication. [link to online reviews]
Insurance companies put profits over people. We put people over profits and have helped thousands of people fight the insurance companies.
If you’ve been injured at work and have questions about your rights, contact us today for a free, no-strings-attached consultation.