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Georgia employees rely on the state’s workers’ compensation system to secure benefits after suffering on-the-job injuries and illnesses. However, the process for filing a workers’ comp claim and obtaining benefits is far from straightforward. There are many issues that may complicate a workers’ compensation claim, including employer disputes, insurance carrier disputes, denied claims, filing deadlines, and even employer retaliation.

How Can We Help?

If you have recently suffered a work-related injury and are unsure about your options, get in touch with the Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at Cruz & Associates for more information about the workers’ compensation system in Georgia. There are countless ways we can help with workers’ compensation claims, including:

  • Guidance during the claims process. Securing workers’ compensation benefits requires meeting various filing deadlines and gathering appropriate documentation. We can help ensure your claim is in order to maximize your chances of approval for benefits.
  • Appeals. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied for any reason, we can help you find any potential for appealing this decision and securing the benefits you deserve.
  • Third-party lawsuits. Sometimes an approved claim isn’t enough to cover the cost of a workplace injury or illness. If a third party contributed to an injury or illness, we can help hold them accountable and secure additional compensation through a personal injury claim, product liability claim, premises liability claim, or other civil action.
  • Personal injury lawsuits. If a workplace injury or illness occurred due to employer negligence, our attorneys can help an injured employee build a case to secure additional compensation.
  • Retaliation. Employers have a legal obligation to process claims in good faith. This means processing injured employees’ workers’ compensation claims even if such claims lead to higher workers’ compensation insurance premiums for the employer. Employers who take punitive actions against an employee for performing protected actions (such as filing for workers’ compensation) are acting illegally, and we can help hold them accountable.

Consider the details of your situation and think about whether or not you have encountered any of these issues. If so, Cruz & Associates can help you build a case and secure the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation you deserve after a workplace injury.

Possible Types of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation benefits are somewhat limited. An approved claim will provide the injured claimant with coverage for his or her medical expenses and a portion of lost income during recovery. The state of Georgia allows injured employees to collect two-thirds of their average regular weekly wages, up to $575 per week. When these benefits are not enough to fully cover the costs of a work-related injury or illness, we can help.

A personal injury claim against a negligent employer or negligent third party can yield more compensation for an injured employee. For example, imagine a scenario in which a construction worker is delivering materials to a jobsite. While in transit, another driver T-bones the construction worker’s vehicle, causing a broken arm and concussion. The injured construction worker can file for workers’ compensation benefits for a portion of his or her lost wages and medical expenses, and a third-party lawsuit against the negligent driver can secure additional pain and suffering compensation, more lost income compensation, and possibly even punitive damages.

Reach out to Cruz & Associates in Atlanta today for more information about Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, or to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. The claims process is complicated and full of opportunities for delays and denials, and our team has the experience to help you successfully navigate this process and uncover additional avenues of compensation.