Workers’ Compensation: Your Rights after Unsafe Working Conditions in Georgia Cause You Injury (Part B)

Sheryl L. Burke
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Unsafe working conditions in Georgia are of great concern and an employer may be held liable for not maintaining a safe working environment as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

However, Workers’ Compensation may be pursued at any time in the event you suffered a serious disabling injury or illness while on the job, as long as your negligence was not a contributing factor.

Your Protection as an Employee

As an employee in Georgia, you have certain rights, as well as responsibilities. The first day you begin work after being hired by an employer know that you are protected under Workers’ Compensation, in case of a serious injury. 

What this means is that you may be given benefits to help you recover from a disabling injury or illness so that you can return to work in a healthy state. 

While you are out of work recuperating, you can expect to receive two-thirds of your average weekly income. The value of the compensation you receive also depends on the type of injury and how long you will be out of work for.

Recovering Damages

In addition to receiving two-thirds of your average weekly income, you may also be covered for the following expenses: 
  • doctor bills;
  • rehabilitation bills;
  • hospital bills;
  • travel expenses; and
  • prescription medications. 

There are some specific features required for a valid claim to be filed and benefits received. You may want to talk with an experienced attorney who can review the guidelines of pursuing compensation and help you understand your right to recovery.

If you have been injured at work, you may need help dealing with your employer’s attorneys and insurance company. The Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke have been fighting for the rights of employees for years and will fight for your just compensation. Schedule a no-cost consultation on your case by calling 404-842-7838.