Rights of Injured Workers in Atlanta, Georgia
Injured on the job? Know your rights.
Anyone who is injured because of circumstances outside of their control
should not be required to pay for the damages. When it comes to workers'
compensation, employers can be hesitant to offer full compensation for
an employee's work-related injury. Should this happen, an employee
should educate themselves on their rights and fight for what is rightfully theirs.
Georgia Workers' Compensation Laws
According to Georgia state law, every employer must post workers' rights
to compensation, as well as a list of at least six doctors covered under
the employer's insurance. As an injured employee, you have every right
to inform your employer of your work-related injury right away and request
compensation. Your employer is then required to hand your claim to their
insurance for review and disbursement of compensation; or they may choose to
deny your claim. If this happens, you have the right to file a
workers' comp appeal and request a hearing to dispute their denial.
Your employer may attempt to trick or convince you to settle for a smaller
compensation, so never sign any documents or agreements without first
consulting with an
Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer. If you end up paying for your injury out of your own accounts, you may
end up facing financial hardship from the expense. Learn what steps you
could take to get what you deserve by calling The Law Office of Brian
H. Sumrall today.
Returning to Work Following a Job Injury
Injured workers often face a dilemma with regard to returning to work following
a serious on the job injury. These individuals want to return to work
but find themselves unable to physically perform their job. Fear of being
terminated because of a job injury often causes people to return to work
prematurely after a job injury.
In accepted compensable cases where an individual is receiving income benefits,
there is a process in place under Georgia law whereby an employer can
make a light duty job offer on a Board Form called a WC-240 Offer of Suitable
Light Duty Employment. The job must be approved by the authorized treating
physician and the employer must give the injured worker ten days'
notice to return to work. If the injured worker attempts the job for at
least eight hours but less than fifteen days and is unable to perform
the job, the employer must immediately recommence income benefits. Navigating
issues regarding returning to work after a job injury can be extremely
complex and you should discuss any job offer with an experienced workers'
compensation attorney before returning to work.
Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorney
Brian Sumrall has been included in
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his legal excellence to his peers, let him prove himself to you by retaining
his firm. Each case is handled by Mr. Sumrall himself, who has 10 years
of experience as a trial attorney. Find out how he could fight for you
by calling today for a free initial consultation.