If you’ve been injured while doing a work-related task, you can pursue a workers’ comp case. In this case, your attorney will fight for you to receive benefits concerning wage loss, medical treatment, a permanent disability rating, and attorney fees.
1. Wage Loss Coverage
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to wage loss coverage paid for by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The authorized treating physician must first place you on work restriction to be considered for wage loss coverage. Your employer cannot offer you any work during this time. Sometimes, you can have a say in the physician you go see, but more than likely you will be restricted to visiting a physician approved by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
2. Medical Treatment Coverage
An employee who is injured on the job is eligible to receive medical treatment coverage. Any treatment that is provided by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier-approved physician is covered by the insurance company. You could be eligible to have the following services and more covered if you have been injured on the job:
- Scheduling fees
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Parking fees
- Referring appointments
3. Permanent Partial Disability Rating Compensation
The Georgia statute O.C.G.A. 34-9-263 states that “permanent partial disability” means:
“Disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.”
After an injury on the job, the insurance carrier-approved physician will calculate a PPD rating. This rating is based on what body parts are injured, how much damage was done, and the lasting effects of that damage on the body part. Your compensation is based on your PPD rating.
4. Attorney Fee Coverage
Most workers’ compensation attorneys in Georgia operate on a contingency fee basis. In the chance that your attorney does not win you a settlement, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is responsible for covering all fees and costs associated with the attorney’s services.
Hire Adams Law Firm for Your Workers’ Comp Case
Hiring an attorney is not to be taken lightly. We take the basic concept of the attorney-client relationship seriously, and the key to our practice is personalized attention. Even if you think your on-the-job injuries are not severe enough to necessitate hiring a lawyer, it may be valuable to consult an attorney who understands the complexities of legal claims involving injured workers.