You can collect Workers’ Compensation benefits until your doctor says you are able to return to work. In some cases you may be able to return to work, but with limited ability to perform your duties, or you may have to work in a different position. If your injury causes you to earn less than you did before you were injured, you can collect partial benefits even though you are working. Both total and partial disability benefits can be temporary or permanent.
That sounds pretty good, but the problem comes in with doctor approval. Insurance companies will do everything they can to prevent paying out. Both your employer and its insurance company may send you to a doctor who will say you are able to go back to work when you are not, to avoid paying you. Insurance companies have been known to hire private investigators to try and catch you doing physical activities, such as moving, playing sports, etc., that indicate your are not truly disabled.
Collecting the Workers’ Compensation benefits you are entitled to should be simple. Workers’ Compensation laws were created, in part, to ensure that work-related injuries would not rob workers of their income. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you collect the benefits you are entitled to, and keep collecting them for as long as you truly need them. Just knowing that you are working with an attorney will make some employers and their insurers think twice before trying dishonest and illegal methods to cut your benefits short or avoid paying at all.
If your employer is trying to cut your Workers’ Compensation benefits short in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Robbins Law, PC can help. Please, contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation, at no cost to you, and find out how you can continue to draw the payments that you and your family need and deserve.