On-the-job injuries can be devastating. Injured workers face permanent injuries, a decreased ability to work and anxiety about bringing a legal dispute against an employer. Hiring the Mack Law Firm ensures your interests, health and legal rights are protected.
We commonly help injured workers by:
◆ Facilitating medical appointments
◆ Obtaining back owed wages and ensuring lost wages are paid
◆ Fighting for approval of denied surgical procedures
◆ Securing proper reimbursement for “ancillary” benefits (i.e. mileage reimbursement & prescription drug coverage)
◆ Ensuring all injury-related medical expenses are paid for by the employer
Frequently Asked Questions
What benefits am I entitled to after an on-the-job injury?
Georgia law requires employers to pay for medical treatment and lost wages for injured workers. Medical treatment includes the cost of doctor visits, prescription drugs, assistive devices, and mileage reimbursement for medical visits. Lost wages are paid at a reduced amount, generally ⅔ of your average weekly wage, and numerous exclusions and special circumstances can affect your entitlement to lost wages and the calculations of the benefit amount.
Do I qualify for workers’ compensation if I am a recent hire?
Yes. There is no waiting period for entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits.
What if I don’t like my doctor?
Finding competent care for a work injury is tough. Your company is allowed to select a small (at least six) number of pre-approved doctors and injured workers must generally choose from the pre-approved list. However, there are exceptions to the rule and an experienced lawyer can guide you to the best doctor available for your injuries or otherwise ensure prompt delivery of medical care.
Can I be terminated for pursuing workers’ compensation benefits?
No, but companies terminate injured workers nonetheless. If you believe you’ve suffered retaliation there are remedies in federal law and Georgia workers’ compensation law. However, the amount of time that you have to file such claims is very short and prompt consultation with a lawyer is encouraged.