Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of hiring an attorney?
There is absolutely no cost for an initial consultation. In fact, you will
be represented on a contingency fee basis meaning, in most circumstances,
your attorney only receives payment if your case settles.
Do I need an attorney if I am injured on the job?
There are several reasons you might need an
Atlanta workers' compensation attorney
to represent you following a
. First, there are deadlines for filing a claim and notifying your employer
of your injury, and your claim may be barred if you miss one of those
deadlines. Further, an employer or insurance company might not voluntarily
provide you all of the benefits to which you are entitled under the Georgia
Workers' Compensation Act. Having a knowledgeable attorney handle
your claim helps ensure that your rights are protected, and ensures you
receive maximum recovery allowed under the law.
What are my rights if I am injured on the job?
Under the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act, if you are unable to work
following a job injury, you are entitled to payment of two thirds of your
weekly income (not to exceed $500 per week) for up to four hundred weeks.
If your claim is designated as catastrophic, you could be entitled to
receive income benefits for the remainder of your life. Further, your
employer is required to pay for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses
incurred as a result of your workplace injury.
What if my claim is denied?
If your employer or the insurance carrier denies any part of your claim,
you have a right to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
An effective and experienced attorney will file the proper documentation
and maximize your chances of prevailing if your case proceeds to trial.
Of course, workers' compensation cases frequently settle prior to
trial, or the parties are able to resolve the issues without proceeding
to a trial. In those cases, your attorney will protect your rights and
ensure that your employer lives up to their legal obligations.
What types of claims does the Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall handle?
The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall focuses its practice on the handling
of workers' compensation claims. Mr. Sumrall has extensive experience
in this field and spent over six years representing employers and insurance
companies defending workers' compensation claims. This vast experience
has provided Mr. Sumrall with the knowledge and expertise to effectively
handle all aspects of your workers' compensation claim.
Does it matter if my job injury was my fault?
Generally speaking, it does not matter if you caused your work related
injury, or if you were responsible for your accident. In Georgia, the
workers' compensation system is designed to protect all employees
who are injured on the job subject to some limited exceptions. Thus, you
are most likely still entitled to workers' compensation benefits even
if you were the cause of you own injury.
How long do I have to file a workers' compensation claim?
The Georgia Workers' Compensation Act provides that you have one year
from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. However, if
you employer has provided medical treatment as a result of your job injury
or if you are able to continue working following your injury, this deadline
is extended. Of course, if you are uncertain about whether the statute
of limitations has run in your case, it is best to consult an attorney.
Does my pre-existing injury or condition bar my right to file a workers'
No. In Georgia, you are still entitled to workers' compensation benefits
if you aggravate or exacerbate a pre-existing condition on the job. It
is common for people to have pre-existing injuries but still be able to
work. However, if your job aggravates that condition and you become unable
to work or need medical treatment, you are entitled to workers' compensation
benefits as a result of the aggravation.
I was injured in another state but I work for a Georgia company. Do I have
a Georgia workers' compensation claim?
Probably. Jurisdiction for workers' compensation claims can be complex,
and an injured worker may have his choice of jurisdiction in some circumstances.
You can file a workers' compensation claim in Georgia if you were
physically in Georgia when you were injured, if you were working for a
Georgia company at the time of your injury, or if your contract of hire
was completed in Georgia. If you are unsure about the proper jurisdiction
for your work injury claim it is important that you contact an attorney
to ensure that you are filing in the correct jurisdiction.
If you or someone you know has sustained workplace injury,
contact Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer Brian H. Sumrall today.