A Guide to Workers Compensation Benefits
If you have never suffered an on-the-job injury or illness, or do not know a worker who has, you may be unfamiliar with Georgia workers compensation laws. Nicholson Phillips understands what benefits the law entitles you to and can explain how your rights under workers comp laws differ from those pertaining to personal injury.
In workers comp claims, the law does not entitle you to:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
Work with a highly qualified workers comp lawyer
Workers compensation covers different situations. If you suffer an accident that requires emergency attention, your employer must cover the expense even though the workers comp list of physicians may not include your doctor. Georgia workers compensation should also cover the following:
- Temporary total disability benefits
- Medical expenses
- Permanent partial disability benefits
Highly qualified Marietta workers comp lawyer C. Alan Nicholson provides knowledgeable advice about the benefits you are entitled to by law, and how to proceed with your case. You can schedule a free consultation with Mr. Nicholson online to learn more if you are an injured worker in Georgia and are thinking of seeking compensation.
Determining your injury status
Your injury or illness must arise out of the course and scope of your employment in order for you to receive workers compensation benefits. Workers comp does not cover your expenses if you were not performing a work-related duty when you suffered your injury. However, if your employer requires you to perform additional tasks and your injury results from these activities, the law entitles you to compensation. For example, an injury you suffer while driving to or from work is not covered, but you are eligible for coverage if you suffer injury while delivering a package as part of your work duties.
The law entitles you to workers compensation even if you have pre-existing conditions. At Nicholson Phillips, we will explain your rights in accordance with your individual situation.
Inform your employer immediately
Workers are required to inform their employer or immediate supervisor as soon as they become the victim of an accident. If you do not know the extent of your injuries or illness, you have 30 days from the original incident in which to report it.
You must report the following about the incident:
- Where it occurred
- When it occurred
- What happened
- How it related to your work
Failure to report the accident, injury, or illness can result in the loss of benefits.
Quality representation by a workers comp lawyer
Nicholson Phillips wants to help you get the workers compensation benefits to which Georgia law entitles you. Whether you are unsure about how to proceed, or your employer disputes your claim, we offer the personalized attention and advice that you deserve.
Contact our law firm in Marietta, GA for a free initial consultation
Call toll free at 866-948-5700, locally at 770-425-5117, or contact us online to speak with a workers compensation lawyer from Nicholson Phillips. They serve the areas of Marietta & Canton, GA.