Rights of Injured Workers
Do you need to talk with an attorney about workers' compensation? If you've been injured on the job, you may not think that you have a case, but you are likely owed workers' comp benefits. Even if you have been offered a settlement by your company's insurance provider, you may be entitled to more. Let's take a moment to explore your rights as an injured worker in Georgia.Workers' Compensation Protects Injured Workers in Georgia
Workers’ compensation is a system set up by law to ensure that injured workers are compensated for an injury or accident on the job. If you were injured while working, you will likely receive a reduced amount of weekly benefits for lost time plus medical and related expenses.
Workers’ compensation can be a legally complex area, and it can be difficult to fully understand. As a worker, you never thought you would be injured and out of work, and you may not be aware of your rights. At McAleer Law, we know that this is a frightening and confusing time. Talking with a skilled and experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney can help you get to know your rights, how workers' compensation laws apply to your case, and what to expect as you move forward.
As an injured employee, if you accept a settlement without working with a workers' compensation attorney, you may accept less compensation than you're owed. Employers and their insurance companies may also have various defenses and legal actions intended to limit or deny your benefits. The attorneys at McAleer Law have helped many workers in both of these situations.Basic Rights of Injured Workers in Atlanta
Your workers’ compensation rights include, but are not limited to:
- Medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits.
- Reimbursement for costs related to travelling to your treatment.
- A list of at least six doctors from whom to choose your care. You may also change doctors from this list without the approval of your employer.
- Special benefits if your injury makes you unable to do the work you did before the injury.
- Benefits if you return to work but to a lesser paying job due to your injury.
- Payment of a penalty if you do not receive your benefits when they are due.
- Benefits to dependents if an on-the-job injury is the cause of death.
As with most laws, workers' compensation laws include specific regulations and provisions that may impact your case and your compensation. These include rules regarding the amounts of payments and how long those payments should last. When you are armed with the correct information and have a skilled attorney working for you, you can significantly improve your chances of obtaining full and proper compensation.
If you have questions about workers' compensation and your rights as an injured worker, please don't hesitate to contact us at McAleer Law today. You can call us at 404-622-5337 or schedule a free consultation here.