A serious workplace injury may leave you unable to perform your job for an extended period. You may need specialized medical treatment or hospitalization. Who will pay for those bills?
Under Georgia's workers' compensation system, workers who are injured on the job are entitled to medical treatment and income benefits to replace lost wages. Unfortunately, however, many workers' compensation insurance companies will try to limit your medical treatment and income benefit.
That's why you need a Georgia workers' compensation attorney from the law firm of Burdine & Brown.
TOUGH ADVOCACY, COMPASSIONATE COUNSEL
Tom Brown, the managing partner of Burdine & Brown, has been an advocate for injured Georgia workers for more than 30 years. He is past chairman of a lawyers group that represents workers' compensation claimants. His goal is to help hardworking people secure the income benefits and medical treatment they need to move forward and resume productive lives.
OUR LAWYERS REPRESENT INJURED WORKERS IN GEORGIA
All businesses and workplaces in Georgia that have three or more employees are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to protect their injured employees. If you are injured in a workplace accident in Georgia, your employer's workers' compensation insurance provider generally pays for your medical treatment, including doctor visits, hospital treatment, physical therapy, and prescriptions.
You are entitled to income benefits amounting to two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to $500, if you are unable to work. You also are entitled to other funds if you lose any body part in a workplace injury. If you sustain a catastrophic injury that leaves you totally unable to do any job, you could be eligible for many years of benefits.
Unfortunately, insurance company claims adjusters do not usually inform you of the full benefits you are owed. Nor do they tell you all your rights. The job of a claims adjuster is to protect the insurance company's profit margin. That is why you need an injured workers' advocate with decades of experience and the passion and conscience to fight to protect your interests.
The Georgia workers compensation Attorney Tom Brown represents injured workers who have experienced a variety of on-the-job injuries, including:
- Nerve Damage Injury—Neurological injuries in the workplace can range from a herniated disc to spinal cord injuries and paralysis. A worker may suffer a neurological injury from a fall, a vehicle accident, or a heavy equipment accident. A compressed or herniated disc can cause numbness in an arm or leg. You may need surgery or be unable to handle the physical demands of your job without proper treatment to restore you back to health
- Back, Shoulder and Neck Injuries—Workers often suffer low back injuries, neck injuries, and shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears, from jobs that require heavy lifting, repetitive motion, or from handling heavy equipment.
- Lifting Injuries—Loading dock workers, delivery drivers, and workers in transportation and distribution jobs are often susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries, including back injuries and spinal injuries caused by lifting or carrying heavy loads.
- Arm and Hand Injuries—Highly repetitive tasks, such as data entry, production work, word processing, and assembly line work, can put stress on arms and hands and lead to repetitive motion injuries. Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome usually occur gradually rather than as a result of a single event. Workers who develop repetitive motion injuries of the arm and hand as a result of their job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, insurance company adjusters often deny these types of claims.
- Amputation / Loss of Limbs—Workplace accidents that result in loss of a limb are life-changing injuries. You will be entitled to Temporary Total Disability benefits (TTD) for as long as you are unable to work. If your disability means that you have to take a lower paying job when you return to work, then you are entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits (TPD), in addition to Permanent Partial Disability benefits (PPD).
- Head Injuries / Traumatic Brain Injury—Workers can suffer serious head injuries from falls, traffic accidents on-the-job, or being hit in the head by all manner of objects. Closed head injuries can be especially challenging because it is important to carefully document all the medical evidence demonstrating a change in your cognitive, emotional, or mental condition.
Whatever your workplace injury, you will most likely benefit from having a tough yet compassionate workers' compensation lawyer at your side as you navigate Georgia's complicated workers' compensation system. If your injury is minor and having a lawyer won't change the outcome, we will tell you so up front. Most injured workers with serious on-the-job injuries benefit from legal representation.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS: CALL AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER WHO CAN HELP YOU RECOVER FROM YOUR GEORGIA WORKPLACE INJURY
At the law firm of Burdine & Brown, our goal is to help injured workers, not workers' compensation insurance companies. We will investigate your case thoroughly, gather all the facts, and fight for you to obtain the full benefits you deserve. We offer compassionate counsel as well as tough advocacy in your time of need.
Our approach to workers' compensation claims could make a difference in your case. Contact a Georgia workplace accident attorney who has helped thousands of injured workers.
For a free consultation about your workplace injury, contact Burdine & Brown at 770.623.6007 or use our online contact form.
These are a few questions you should be asking me about your workers' compensation injury claim.
- Can I just use my group insurance instead of claiming workers' compensation benefits and filing my injury claim under workers' compensation?
- Is your lawyer seeking a settlement of your claim, even before your medical treatment is not completed? If so, this always benefits the insurance company since failure to develop the extent of your injuries and possible disability will give the insurance company the grounds to lower the value of your claim.
- Has the insurance adjuster told you they have closed your file? Do not listen to them. Call me for a thorough review. Caution: there are a number of statutes of limitations that must be strictly adhered to or your case could be permanently closed.
- Have you been paid for permanent impairment of a joint or for a fusion operation or for limitations in range of motion? You may be eligible for a modest payment.
- Do you believe the insurance doctor is misdiagnosing your condition?
- Do you suspect the MRI or other diagnostic testing has been under-read by an insurance doctor?
- Have you been denied your one-time independent medical examination? (There are a few prerequisites that must be met before you are eligible for this free examination)
- Has your case been postponed multiple times without good reason by your current attorney?
- Has your attorney provided you with all your medical records for the treatment you have received in your injury claim?
- Has your attorney lost interest in your claim and now all he/she is interested in is a settlement mediation* so the attorney can collect a fee and be done with your case?
- Has your attorney lost interest in your claim and now all he/she is interested in is a settlement mediation* so the attorney can collect a fee and be done with your case? (*Note: settlement mediations are appropriate in certain cases, but not in all cases)
- Has your employer or your claims adjuster told you where you must seek medical treatment for your injury and not given you a choice from the company panel of physicians? (Please note; in many cases the company panel of physicians has all horrible doctors posted-this presents a very tough situation for the injured worker caught in a “web” of bad doctors).
- Why do I have to be examined by company doctors when I would like to be treated by my family doctor?(Unfortunately, this is the most disappointing part of my job, when I have to tell the injured person that he/she must attend the doctor's appointment using the employer/insurance company doctor(s).)
However, there are many exceptions. For instance:
- Was the panel of physicians posted and accessible to you at your place of employment?
- Are all the doctors or facilities in operation currently?
- Are there six (6) different doctors or hospital names posted on the panel of physicians?
- Have you exercised your right to choose another doctor from the “awful” list?
Are you on social media? If so, expect the insurance company to monitor your comments and your pictures and your postings, whenever they can. If a stranger requests access to your Facebook site, just say “No”. Change your privacy settings so only friends can have access to your data and pictures. I have had a few instances where insurance companies have attempted to use information they found on the internet against my clients. Look at the picture below and I will tell you what this picture was all about. There was only one thing that saved my client from disaster. Call me for details.
- Has the insurance company asked you for a recorded statement? We urge you to say no without attorney guidance. We are entitled to be present for any such statement. Insist on your attorney to be present (and we will prepare you in advance for the recorded statement)
- Does your workers' compensation adjuster continue to deny medical care ordered by your doctor?
- Does the workers' compensation adjuster deny your prescriptions ordered by your treating physician?
- Must I let the workers' compensation insurance nurse or representative come with me to each of my doctor's appointments? Do I have any right of privacy with my doctor?
- Do I receive reimbursement for gas and pharmacy expenses in my workers' compensation claim? Yes, if you submit a request which we do for all our clients. You only need to provide us with verification of the dates of your doctor's visits and the pharmacy receipts, we do the rest.
- In the world of workers' compensation, the longer you wait, the more likely the insurance doctors will declare you 100% fit to return to work, even if you are not. Then you weekly disability benefits will stop.
- The insurance doctors will order tests form their favorite MRI facilities (usually owned by these doctors) and the results will state nothing close to the truth about the extent of your injuries.
- Do not wait until the end of your case to hire an attorney in your workers' compensation claim.