If you’ve been hurt while doing your job, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Georgia law is clear that virtually all on-the-job injuries are covered. Things like employer negligence (or lack thereof) and proof of wrongdoing are not necessary for an injured worker to make a benefits claim. Employers are expected to buy workers’ compensation insurance and the policy provisions mean an insurer is expected to be there to pay the bills when a worker gets hurt. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
Despite the fact workers are supposed to enjoy protection, problems can still arise when a workers’ comp claim is being made. If you are not being treated fairly or are being denied any benefits that you deserve, you need to get an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer to find out what your rights and your options are and to ensure you get the benefits that you deserve.
When Do You Need to Get Help from an Atlanta Workers’ Comp Lawyer
Sometimes, it can be hard for injured workers to know exactly what their rights are and to know when they are being treated fairly or unfairly. Since you don’t know the law, it is best to err on the side of caution and schedule a consultation with a work injury attorney whenever you believe you are being denied benefits that you deserve.
There are also some specific situations where major red flags make clear to workers that something isn’t right. You should be on the lookout for signs that you aren’t getting the full workers’ comp benefits that you deserve. If you experience any of these problems, this is a big sign that you need to call a lawyer right away:
- Your workers’ compensation claim is denied. Whenever a denial happens after an on-the-job illness or injury, you need to speak with an attorney right away about the potential to appeal. There is a lot of money at stake, especially if your injuries require costly medical treatment.
- Your employer is trying to encourage you not to report your work injury. Employers sometimes encourage you to just use your health insurance or take sick time after an injury. You don’t want to wait to report your injury because it could become too late to make a workers’ comp claim if you miss the deadline. You need to talk to a lawyer about how to move forward with a claim and to make sure your employer treats you fairly during the claims process.
- You are being denied medical coverage for care that a doctor believes you need. Medical coverage is one of the benefits you deserve as part of your work injury claim. You need to get help getting the treatments you actually require to get better.
- You are being forced back to work before you are ready to go. If you are not feeling well enough or recovered sufficiently enough to work, you should talk to a lawyer about trying to continue your disability benefits.
An attorney can help you when these or other situations arise which could affect your ability to get the benefits that you deserve.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.