As the workers' compensation laws in Georgia are complicated, it is always helpful to have an attorney on your side who understands the process and can help you receive fair and adequate compensation regarding your injuries. The process for making a claim concerns the filing of paperwork, organization of medical records, and in some circumstances appearing before the State Board of Workers' Compensation. This process can be lengthy and often require extremely patient handling. Also, if you fail to meet particular filing deadlines, you may lose the right to file a claim.
It is extremely difficult to keep track of such requirements while at the same time focusing upon your recovery. And since most individuals are unfamiliar with the manner in which hearings in front of the board are tried, you will want to have available the representation, advice and guidance of someone who regularly tries workers' compensation claims.
The attorneys at Closson, Bass & Tomberlin handle workers' compensation claims for our southern Georgia clientele on a daily basis. Having provided this sort of representation for decades, we are always ready to address all of your short- and long-term needs when it comes to resolving such claims. We will be there for you from the moment you first file your claim until we resolve this matter in its entirety.
Things To Know About Work Injuries And Workers' Comp
If you have been hurt on the job, you should be aware of several important things about workers' comp:
- Your employer may not treat you fairly. Even if you are seriously injured and you have been a loyal employee for decades, your company may surprise you. Most employers will fight hard to deny or minimize claims in order to save money — at the expense of workers and their families.
- Insurance companies do not care about you and your family. Their goal is to deny and reduce claims whenever possible. This helps them to be profitable.
- A person can get workers' comp even if there was no accident or traumatic incident. Workers' comp can cover injuries from repetitive movements as well as injuries from serious accidents. We can help you understand if you are eligible for benefits.
- Having the right doctor is important. Contact us for a free consultation before you select a doctor. Insurance companies and employers are required to have a panel of physicians, but, again, their goal is always to deny or minimize claims and keep their costs down.
Negotiating With Large Workers' Compensation Carriers
While employers are required under workers' compensation laws to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages and other losses related to the work injury, workers' compensation carriers may limit the amount you receive or even deny your claim in certain circumstances. Such carriers may try to claim your particular medical condition is not covered. These carriers may suggest you are suffering from a preexisting condition. Or they may maintain your injury was not related to work.
The experienced lawyers at Closson, Bass & Tomberlin negotiate with insurance carriers on a daily basis. Because of a long experience in observing the costs of work-related injuries, we also understand whether a settlement offer concerning your workers' compensation claim will realistically meet your needs. We are always prepared to try your case in front of a workers' compensation board should a settlement offer prove inadequate.
What To Do When You Are Unable To Work
A denial of a claim can be costly. When injured at the workplace, you will want to make certain that you still receive income to meet your needs and those of your family. Unfortunately, you may not be able to work while recovering and treatment for such injuries can be expensive. Finally, head injuries, injuries to the neck and back, joint injuries and a wide variety of other work-related trauma can be permanent.
The lawyers at Closson, Bass & Tomberlin understand workers' compensation laws, the deadlines for filing a claim, the costs of injuries, and the medical conditions such statutes cover. We understand the workers' compensation process and the hearing process. We also know how to deal with insurance carriers and how to negotiate on your behalf.
Looking After All Of Your Needs
Even in the event you are not eligible for certain workers' compensation benefits, we can explore your case and look into whether other remedies are available. This can include helping you locate compensation through a Social Security Disability claim, or help you decide whether a third-party lawsuit is in order.
Contact Our Valdosta Workers' Compensation Lawyers
To set up a free initial consultation with an attorney, please contact us by calling 229-269-4947 or 888-878-0491.