Macon Work Injury Lawyer
Many of us spend as much time at work as we do at home. Unfortunately there are a lot of opportunities for injury in the workplace, which is why the workers’ compensation system was developed.
Each state administers its own workers’ compensation program, and Georgia employers who have three or more employees are required to participate in this system of workplace insurance. Workers’ compensation is meant to pay medical, rehabilitation and income benefits for workers who are injured on the job. These benefits are meant to help workers recover from their injuries and return to work. Workers’ compensation also provides benefits to dependents of workers who die as a result of job-related injuries.
The Mann Law Firm helps Macon and Middle Georgia residents who have been injured in a workplace accident obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. If you have been injured on the job, or a member of your family has been killed in a workplace accident, contact a Macon work injury attorney at the Mann Law Firm today. Call us at (478) 742-3381 or through our online form for a free initial consultation about your legal options.
Workers’ Compensation for Georgia Jobsite Injuries
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program paid for by employers that provides medical, rehabilitation and income benefits to workers who are injured or made ill on the job. Workers who are unable to work for more than seven days are entitled to weekly income benefits based upon their earnings. Georgia’s workers’ comp program also provides benefits to dependents of workers who die as a result of a job-related injury. Any business in Georgia with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, is required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance. Employees are covered as of their first day on the job. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation administers more than 100,000 claims every year, which result in hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits paid.
Typical workplace accidents and injuries for which workers’ compensation benefits are paid.
- Muscle, tendon, ligament strains or tears from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing
- Injuries caused by bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling
- Slipping and falling to the floor or ground or from one level to a lower level
- Being struck by an object, such as a tool or piece of equipment or material falling from above
- Being smashed against an object, such as a worker being pushed into a door or wall or piece of machinery
- Being crushed by getting caught in, under or between pieces of machinery, equipment or objects
- Exposure to extreme temperatures (i.e., burns or deep freezes)
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Motor vehicle accidents.
Like many government programs, workers’ compensation does not always work as expected. And, as the program has been adjusted through the years, its rules and regulations have grown more complicated. Injured workers who are denied workers’ compensation benefits, or who are dissatisfied with the benefits they have been allocated, may request a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. This hearing is before an Administrative Law Judge, who determines what benefits, if any, the worker should receive. “Your employer may be represented at the hearing by a lawyer,” the Board of Workers’ Compensation says in its FAQs about the workers’ comp program. “You may need help from a lawyer in order to present your claim properly.” Indeed, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer like those at the Mann Law Firm can help you if you face problems applying for or appealing workers’ compensation benefits. People who are trying to recover from workplace injuries, or families coping with the loss of a breadwinner should receive the benefits they deserve and not be further burdened by government bureaucracy. But aggressive legal help is often required to realize this goal. A Macon work injury lawyer from the Mann Law Firm will work to protect both you and your dependents while you recover and to secure the proper amount of workers’ compensation benefits for your accident. We will also fight to ensure your job is safe while you’re on leave.
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4 Things to Do If You Have Been Injured on the Job
- Report the injury to your supervisor.
- Ask to see the panel of physicians from your employer’s insurance company.
- Select a physician from the panel.
- If the doctor recommends physical restrictions at work, advise your supervisor about them.
Georgia Workplace Injuries
Contact a Macon Work Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured on the job or have lost a loved one in a workplace accident anywhere in the Middle Georgia area, an experienced Macon workers’ compensation lawyer from the Mann Law Firm can help you obtain the workers’ comp benefits that you need and deserve. Contact us today at (478) 742-3381 or through our online form, to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation about your case.