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Savannah Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Fight for Your Benefits

Overcoming insurance company obstacles to benefits and settlements

No matter what type of job you have, there’s always a risk that you could get hurt while you’re at work. And when you suffer work-related injuries, you may be unable to return to the job you’re trained to do for weeks, months or even years. At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we know that workers often face uphill battles when they file claims after work-related injuries. If you or a loved one was recently hurt while working and need help filing a workers’ compensation claim or appealing a rejected claim, we want to hear from you. For almost 20 years, we’ve been helping injured workers access the full range of benefits they deserve. We are ready to help you, too.

Workplace injuries and illnesses in Georgia

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of occupational injuries and illnesses in Georgia aligns with the national average and remained largely unchanged in recent years. The sector least at risk of injury is financial activities, while the sector reporting the highest rate of injury is education and health services. Georgia’s rate of DART cases (serious injuries resulting in days away, restricted or transferred) is slightly higher than the national average.

Why do insurance companies deny workers’ compensation claims?

Employers in Georgia with three or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to provide medical treatment and replacement income while workers recover from their injuries. However, insurance companies are always looking to minimize any payout under their policies. Whether you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim for the first time or wondering why your initial claim was rejected, it’s important to know the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s claims requirements and its primary reasons for denying them, which include:

  • Failing to report injuries on time — Workers in Georgia must report their on-the-job injuries to their employers as soon as they are able to do so. In addition, workers’ compensation claims are also subject to a statute of limitations in Georgia, which can range from one year to four years.
  • Failing to coordinate care with the insurance carrier — Worker’s compensation allows you to get emergency treatment anywhere when your on-the-job injury presents a true emergency. However, once the initial emergency is over, you must coordinate your care with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier and use physicians on their posted panel of physicians. Failing to do so means that workers’ compensation will not pay your medical bills.

With an experienced Savannah workers’ compensation lawyer on your side, you won’t have to worry about making mistakes that can cost you your chance of getting the compensation you and your family need after your on-the-job injury.

What benefits are available to injured workers?

The costs of a work-related injury can be significant. Thankfully, workers’ compensation provides injured workers like you with money to cover a variety of accident-related expenses, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages for a temporary injury that:
    • temporarily leaves you unable to work
    • forces you to cut your hours or take a lower-paying job
  • Lost wages for a permanent injury that:
    • prevents you from doing your former job, but doesn’t prevent you from working
    • is catastrophic and prevents you from ever returning to work

Our legal team works to determine your current and future medical expenses, as well as the severity of your work-related injury and disability, to help you get maximum compensation.

Can you sue for negligence and recover full compensation?

As in other states, workers’ compensation shields employers and co-workers from liability for injuries to workers even when they are negligent. However, there are exceptions that allow injured employees to file lawsuits against third parties. Our attorneys analyze your situation to determine whether grounds exist for a personal injury lawsuit that could allow you to recover all of your lost pay and compensation for pain and suffering.

Let Owens & Mulherin manage your workers’ compensation appeal

If you have been wrongly denied workers’ compensation benefits, let Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers fight for your rights. Workers’ compensation clients receive our No Fee Guarantee®, so you don’t owe us a dime unless we get you money. Call us now at 912-212-2100 or contact us online to put our dedicated team on your side.

Reviews From Our Clients
  • "I was pregnant and injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Owens, personally, came to the hospital. He told me he would handle everything, I just needed to get healthy for the baby and myself. Mr. Owens did everything he said he would. I highly recommend Owens and Mulherin. Everyone in their office is friendly and informative. You're not just another client with them, they genuinely care." - Lindsay Chadwick

  • "Highly recommend working with this group!! They are very friendly, understanding, caring people and very easy to talk to. They Gave us plenty of time to talk with them. Did not make us feel rushed and explained everything thoroughly. Made the experience the best possible and we had a positive outcome during a tragic time. Thank you to the attorneys and entire staff." - Cindy Shuman

  • "I found Mr. Owens to be very professional and extremely sympathetic towards my needs as a result of my injuries. His experience helped guide me through my case and we ultimately won in the end...settled out of court! Thanks for all your help!" - Diane Calahan

  • "Following an automobile accident I sought representation from Wil Owens. Throughout the process he and his staff were always very kind, informative, and diligent in protecting my rights and interests. I knew my case was minor comparatively speaking, however, they never minimized the importance of my situation or claim. I would highly recommend this local law firm!!Sincerely,Christi (Fry) Vinyard" - Christi Fry

  • "This was my first time having to get an attorney and my experience was great. They make sure you fully understand everything that's going on and make sure the case is settled in your favor. I highly recommend this attorney office if you need one." - Dee James

  • "Absolutely 100% the best law firm around. I was completely blown away by the staff with all their generosity and helpfulness every step of the way. Wilbur Owens is hands down the best attorney I have ever met. He was caring, professional, and helpful in all aspects of my case, from the very begining with all my treatments to the very end with my settlement. He was highly recommend to me and I have heard nothing but great things about him and his firm. They truly are the best around and if ths need were to arise again in the future I will gladly come to the law firm of Owens and Mulherin. Wonderful people and they gave me my life back as well as piece of mind, and for that I am and always will be truly thankful." - Courtney Graves

  • "I had a good experience with Mr. Owens and Ms. Teresa. They were very professional and was on point. It was a long process but it was worth the wait. I would recommend anyone to this lawfirm." - Ashley Robertson

  • "My thanks to Mr. Owens and his crew. After getting injured at work , and not knowing what to do I found them thru a local web search. Everyone in the office was great, Will walked me thru my case and explained how it would go. After everything I would highly recommend this law firm. I can't say enough of Mr. Owens and his staff . Thank you for your help!" - Mark Kalla

  • "I worked with Mr. Ownens and his team for my most recent accident involving 2 uninsured motorists, and I am extremely pleased with the way my case was worked, as well as the outcome. I cannot say anything negative about the law firm whatsoever, but I can tell you that being hit by uninsured vehicles is a nightmare." - Nic Schuman

  • "Loved working with me. Mulherin. Didn’t make me feel rushed or pinned against a wall. He gave me the beat and worse case scenario. Went to bat for me when the insurance company thought they could get away with being cheap. Brooke was amazing to work with to. Always answered calls or emails in a timely manner." - Natasha Campbell

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Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…

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Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…

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