Atlanta Work Injury Lawyers

In every industry, no matter how safe it appears, you could be hurt because someone else did not do their job properly or acted recklessly.

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Some industries are fraught with risks. If you are employed in the utility industry, you may have to work at significant heights and with live wires. In the construction industry, you work with power tools, heavy equipment, and large machines on a consistent basis. You may also construct multi-storied buildings, putting you in danger of falling. Even if you work in a warehouse, in a relatively calm and sheltered environment, you could be injured by falling objects and forklifts. In every industry, no matter how safe it appears, you could be hurt because someone else did not do their job properly or acted recklessly.

After an accident at work, it is best to call an Atlanta work injury lawyer to discuss your rights and options. In many situations, you will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ comp does not apply to every situation and it may not cover all your financial losses. By having an experienced and skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer by your side, you will ensure that your claim receives the attention it deserves and that you obtain the appropriate compensation.

To learn more about your rights and options after getting hurt at work, call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC at (404) 419-6674 or submit the details of your accident online. We will contact you as soon as possible to schedule your free, confidential consultation.

Common Workplace Accidents

At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have several decades of experience helping people deal with serious work-related injuries, from medical conditions they’ve developed to devastating workplace accidents caused by negligence. We can represent you in any situation in which you were injured at work or because of your job duties, including:

Common Workplace Injuries

Our work-related injury lawyers have found, after accidents at work, many individuals experience:

  • Strains and Sprains
  • Other Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Concussions and Other Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
  • Head and Neck Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Back Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Nerve Damage
  • Bone Fractures
  • Dislocations and Hyper-Extensions
  • Crushed Limbs
  • Limb or Digit Amputations
  • Lacerations
  • Disfigurement

Ultimately, you can find yourself suffering any number of work-related accidents, which could lead to minor, moderate, serious, or even catastrophic injuries. Regardless of how you became injured, now you must deal with it. Each day, another person’s actions force you to wake up and deal with the physical pain and grief that comes with being hurt and unable to work. You must obtain medical care, which leads to bills. You may be out of work for days, weeks, or months. If your injuries are disabling, you may not be able to return to work, or you may need to look for employment in a new industry. On top of all of this, you are probably worried about your family’s financial health.

There is a way to address the situation and recover compensation to help you and your family. Contact a work injury attorney from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC to discuss your options.

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Workers’ Compensation Coverage in Georgia

Georgia requires that almost all employers with three or more full time, part-time, or seasonal employees carry workers’ compensation insurance in case a worker suffers an accident on the job. For incorporated businesses or LLCs, the corporate officers or members are included in the employee count unless they specifically exempt themselves from coverage. The common exceptions to workers’ comp coverage are railroad carriers, U.S. government agencies, domestic servants, and farm laborers.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you suffer an on-the-job injury, you should notify your supervisor or a member of management right away. The longer you delay notifying your employer, the greater the chance or having your claim denied.

You must fill out Form WC-14 and:

  • File it with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation,
  • Send a copy to your employer, and
  • Send a copy to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.

After appropriately filing the claim paperwork, the workers’ comp insurer will calculate your benefits.

Possible Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, then your necessary and appropriate medical expenses are covered. Your medical provider should bill the workers’ comp insurer directly, not you. You should not have to pay a deductible.

After a workplace injury, you may be able to obtain:

  • Total Disability Benefits
  • Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

Can I Sue my Employer for my Injury?

A common question we hear at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC is whether you can sue your employer after suffering a workplace injury. The answer is typically “no.” If you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, then a claim is your predominant method of recovering compensation. Workers’ comp coverage does not take your employer’s fault into consideration. Suing an employer for an injury is rare, and typically occurs when an employer was negligent and does not carry workers’ compensation insurance in violation of state law.

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Third-Party Claims Differ From Workers’ Comp

You typically cannot sue your employer if another employee or agent of the business was at fault for your accident and injuries. However, if someone from outside of your employer was responsible, then you may be able to pursue additional compensation through a third-party claim. For instance, if you were working in a food processing plant and your arm was amputated by a machine, you may be able to sue the manufacturer of the machine. Or, if you were working on a site with workers from another business, and one of those workers was careless or reckless, then you may have the right to file a claim against that other business.

If someone other than a coworker was negligent and caused your injuries, speak with an Atlanta work injury lawyer about your right to file a third-party claim. Workers’ comp benefits will not cover all of your economic and non-economic damages. These benefits will not replace all of your lost wages, and they do not compensate you for your physical pain or mental anguish.

By pursuing compensation in a third-party claim, you may seek compensation for:

  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Past, present, and future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement

We understand that you may not know who is directly responsible for your injuries after a workplace accident and whether or not you have a third-party claim. We are here to investigate what happened and determine liability. We will advise you on whether your sole means of recovery is through a workers’ compensation claim or whether you have the right to file suit.

Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Today

At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have witnessed firsthand how devastating workplace accidents can be. We know the fear and worry your family faces when you are hurt, and there is the prospect of you being forced to take a lower paying job or not returning to work at all. That is why we fight hard for workers’ rights, including your right to medical and income benefits.

Let us represent your interests after any serious work injury. We will not be intimidated by your employer or their insurance carrier, and we will not back down from obtaining the maximum compensation possible from those responsible for your injuries.

To learn more about how we can help, call (404) 419-6674 or contact us through our online form.

We represent individuals throughout Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Clayton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, and the rest of Georgia.