No one plans to get injured on the job. Unfortunately, work industries across the state of Georgia can be inherently dangerous. While the construction trade and other jobs involving manual labor tend to be the most dangerous, people who work in offices are certainly not immune from physical injury.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation insurance benefits provide medical payments and replacement of a portion of your lost wages, if you are injured on the job and unable to work as a result. Here are some of the most common questions about workers’ comp:
What if I was partly at fault?
Workers’ compensation benefits are no-fault, so with very few exceptions, receiving these benefits means you aren’t holding your employer responsible and they cannot hold you responsible. Having said that, there are certain situations in which your role in causing the injury may bar you from the benefits. For example, if it was determined that your injury arose while you were intoxicated or acting with reckless disregard for your safety, then those factors will affect your eligibility.
Can I sue my employer?
In general, no. The benefits are provided so that there is coverage for on-the-job injuries, and you will be barred from suing your employer.
How much money will I get?
Workers’ comp provides two-thirds of your average weekly wage but cannot exceed $675 weekly.
Do I have other options for work injury compensation?
If your injury was the result of the negligence of a third party, then you may be able to sue that party. Examples include:
- The manufacturer of defective safety equipment used at the job site
- The at-fault driver in a car accident
- The manufacturer of toxic chemicals or substances
- The owner of an unreasonably dangerous property
Issues of liability are complex. It’s important to talk to Ms. Robbins so that she can determine all of the options in your case and work to maximize your injury compensation.
Legal Help with Your Work Injury Claim
If you think you may have a work injury claim in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, we encourage you to contact experienced workers’ compensation attorney Ms. Laurie Robbins at 405-252-8117. Your consultation is completely free and no-obligation. Although you are not required to hire an attorney, having one at your side means your claim will be filed correctly and on time, and that you will have someone advocating for you at hearings and appeals, if those become necessary.