If you were hurt at work in a Gwinnett County workplace accident, you likely have access to workers’ compensation coverage. However, you could have other options for pursuing damages based on the facts of your case. A Duluth workers’ compensation lawyer from Kaine Law can analyze your options and help you fight for the money you deserve.
Our attorneys help clients pursue the benefits they deserve through workers’ comp and seek additional money from a third-party claim when appropriate. Our free consultations can help you understand your case and options. Call us today to get started.
Your Claim Will Benefit from Our Knowledge of Workers’ Compensation Laws
Our team represents clients hurt at work in Gwinnett County and greater Atlanta. Attorney Evan L. Kaine knows how workers’ compensation laws work in Georgia, how to secure benefits, and when workers have options for additional compensation through a civil suit. We fight for injured workers and their families because we care about our clients.
We handle—and win—a lot of injury cases. Our reviews and ratings show a team of attorneys beloved and appreciated by their clients and whose clients recommend to their friends and family. We have both the reputation and the results you are looking for in an attorney; Lawyer Kaine qualifies for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum because of his ability to secure compensation for clients in difficult situations like yours.
Our team works based on contingency fees. We do not ask clients to pay us anything upfront. You will only pay an attorney’s fee if we secure compensation. This is the no-fee guarantee in your contract when you sign on for representation. We are only paid through a portion of the compensation you receive.
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Understanding Your Legal Options in Georgia After a Workplace Injury
Per Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 34-9-2, all employers with three or more workers must provide the workers with insurance that covers their medical care, a portion of lost income, and other benefits if they are hurt at work. This is known as workers’ compensation insurance.
This pays out according to state laws, providing a way for workers to get treatment and paid leave while their injuries heal. This protects employees while also protecting the employers from lawsuits. Georgia prevents most employees from suing their employer because of an injury.
Filing a Third-Party Claim or Lawsuit
While you cannot sue your employer for a workplace injury, this does not mean you do not have a civil case. Many injured workers can also pursue additional compensation from a liable third party. This occurs when someone besides the employer or a co-worker acts negligently and causes the employee’s injuries.
For example, imagine you suffered injuries because a delivery truck driver failed to see you in the parking lot at work. As a result, they hit you, breaking your leg. You had surgery and cannot return to work for several weeks. We can build a case against the delivery driver and their employer, seeking compensation not provided by your workers’ compensation policy. This could include additional lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
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Types of Compensation Available Through Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The compensation available after your injury will depend on what happened and your options for pursuing compensation. In general, you should have workers’ comp benefits available, which includes:
- Medical treatment costs
- Income replacement to cover a portion of your missed paychecks
- Help with training for a new position, if needed
- Death benefits
The income replacement benefits have a seven-day waiting period under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-220. After missing 21 days at work, you can also get the money for the first seven days. This will continue for 400 weeks or until you can return to work. There are options for long-term income if you cannot return to work because of catastrophic injuries.
Damages Recoverable in a Third-Party Personal Injury Case
A personal injury case against a liable third party can help you recover additional compensation. While your workers’ compensation should cover some of your basic losses, a third-party claim or lawsuit provides for the recovery of:
- Additional medical needs or care costs
- Additional lost income
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering and other intangible damages
- Wrongful death damages if the employee passes away
If we believe you have a strong case for a third-party claim or lawsuit, we will identify your related expenses and losses, determining the possible settlement range of your case.
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You Could Have Additional Legal Options in Your Workers’ Comp Case
Some employees do not have a problem getting fair compensation after workplace injuries, but many others do. We can help you handle your workers’ comp case, assess your options for a third-party claim, and manage your case while you focus on healing. We are here to help you get the payout you need and deserve.
In most cases, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit against a liable party in Georgia per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33. After that, we may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party whose negligence caused your injuries. We know how these cases work and can even identify the likely liable parties and gather evidence to show how their actions affected your ability to work and earn a living. So let us assess your options and explain your next steps.
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Discuss Your Claim with a Duluth Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Kaine Law offers free consultations for injured workers. If you suffered injuries at work, we analyze your options and help you get the compensation you deserve. We can fight for workers’ compensation coverage, file third-party lawsuits, and guide you through this process. Our Duluth workers’ compensation lawyers are here for you after a workplace injury.
Contact us today to get started.