Benefits in a Workers' Compensation Claim
If you have suffered from a workplace injury in Georgia, there are various benefits available in a Workers' Compensation claim.
The benefits available in a Workers' Compensation claim may include:
- replacement income;
- coverage for your medical expenses; and/or
- vocational rehabilitation benefits such as on-the-job training, and job placement assistance.
However, the benefits you may receive in a Workers' Compensation claim are relatively moderate. While you are temporarily unable to work, the replacement income is typically two-thirds of your average wages.
If you have experienced a catastrophic workplace injury in Georgia, and you are unable to return to work, your compensation may include long-term income and medical benefits, as well as job re-training benefits. These long-term benefits may be paid over an extended period of time, or as one substantial lump-sum payment. The amount of the lump-sum will depend on the extent of your workplace injury in Georgia.
If you are permanently unable to work because of a workplace injury in Georgia, you may also be entitled to Social Security benefits. To qualify for these benefits, your injury must prevent you from doing any "substantial gainful work", and must be expected to last at least 12 months or for the rest of your life.
In cases where a third party-such as a contractor or manufacturer-was responsible for your injury or illness, you may be able to pursue additional damages under a third party liability claim.
Your Attorney's Fees in a Workers' Compensation Claim
When you hire an Atlanta Workers' Compensation lawyer to handle your Workers' Compensation claim, you typically will pay on a contingency basis. Before you agree to hire an attorney, be sure to talk to them about their fee structure and what will happen if you do not have success with your claim.
Workers' Compensation attorneys are typically limited in the amount of fees that they can charge. Your attorney should be forthcoming with this amount and be willing to discuss when payment is due and whether there are any caps on the fees they can collect.
How an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer Can Help
When an employee suffers injury or illness because of their job, they are often eligible for benefits in a Workers' Compensation claim. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your Workers' Compensation case - 404.467.0909.