Savannah Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
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.
Employers in Georgia with three or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation insurance for workers who get hurt on the job. That coverage is designed to provide a replacement income for workers like you while they’re recovering from their injuries.
However, there are strict requirements you must meet to get your claim approved.
At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, our Savannah workers’ compensation lawyers 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. Dial 1-800-396-5368 or fill out an online form to get in touch with our legal team today.
Why Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Denied?
Whether you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim for the first time, or you’re 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 within one month of the injuries occurring to be eligible for compensation. In addition, workers’ compensation claims are also subject to a statute of limitations in Georgia, which can range from one year to four years.
- Making mistakes when filling out paperwork
The state will want to see evidence of your injury, its severity, and how it affects your ability to work. It will also require substantial paperwork concerning you, your current and previous health conditions, and what caused the accident to occur. Mistakes on this paperwork, such as inaccurate information, missing pages, or a late submission, can jeopardize your chances of getting benefits.
- Ignoring a doctor’s orders
When you go to the hospital or visit a doctor after your injury, you’ll get a treatment and rehabilitation plan that’s designed to help you recover as quickly as possible. The workers’ compensation board may interview your doctor after you file your claim, and he or she will tell the board whether you’ve followed treatment protocol and maintained your follow-up appointments.
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 makes 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 can work to determine both your current and future medical expenses, as well as the severity of your injury and disability, to help you get maximum compensation for your work-related injury.
We Know Georgia Workers’ Compensation Laws
Unlike other states, employers in Georgia aren’t typically held liable for injuries that workers suffer on the job. However, there are exceptions to the state’s no-fault workers’ compensation system that allow injured employees to file lawsuits against their employers or third parties.
The Savannah workers’ compensation attorneys at Owens & Mulherin will analyze your situation and determine the best route for getting compensation for you or your loved one if you get hurt while you’re at work.
To find out how we can put our nearly 20 years of experience to work for you, just dial 1-800-396-5368 or complete a free online form. Our initial consultations are free, and we’re proud to offer our clients our No Fee Guarantee®. It means you don’t owe us a dime unless we get you money. Call today.