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Norcross Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Between 2010 and 2015, the population of Norcross nearly doubled. Many new residents were drawn not only by the small town feel of the city, but also its proximity to downtown Atlanta, which is only 20 miles away. Unfortunately, the city is not immune to accidents, many of which occur in the workplace or during the daily commute to Atlanta. While being injured at work can leave an employee in pain, frightened, and concerned about retaining his or her job, injured employees are not left without a safety net. In fact, most employees in Georgia are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, which helps cover the cost of treatment and lost wages for injuries sustained in the workplace. To learn more about your own rights under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, please contact a Norcross workers’ compensation lawyer who can address your concerns and help you start the process of filing a claim.

Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Georgia employers who have three or more employees are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. While this covers most employees in the state, there are some kinds of workers who are not eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, even if they are injured on the job. This includes independent contractors, as well as the following individuals:

  • Federal employees;
  • Railroad employees;
  • Farmers;
  • Business partners;
  • Domestic workers;
  • Certain real estate salespersons; and
  • Sports officials.

Fortunately, just because an employer is not covered under state law, does not mean that employees cannot collect compensation for injuries sustained at work, as many employers voluntarily choose to provide their workers with insurance coverage. In these situations, employees who are injured at work will still be able to receive benefits and medical care. Further, some exempt workers are covered by separate compensation programs. Railroad workers and federal employees, for example, are covered by specific workers’ compensation laws.

Filing a Claim

Employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation and who are injured on the job should file a claim with their employer as soon as possible, but no later than a month after the accident, as employees who miss this deadline risk not receiving benefits at all. After the employer’s insurance adjuster conducts an investigation, in which witnesses will be interviewed and the employee’s injuries assessed, it will decide to either approve or deny the claim. When a claim is approved, the injured worker will begin receiving compensation for medical expenses as well as a weekly benefit totaling 2/3 of their average weekly wage.

Although many valid workers’ compensation claims are unfairly denied every year, Georgia employees are fortunately guaranteed the right to an appeal. Appeals often involve mediation, as well as a hearing, in which a judge will evaluate evidence presented by both parties. Those whose claims are denied a second time are given 20 days to submit an additional appeal to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division. At this level, winning an appeal is more difficult, so if your claim was denied, it is especially important for you to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney in Norcross.

Call a Norcross Workers’ Compensation Lawyer About Your Claim Today

If you were injured at work, please contact a Norcross workers’ compensation attorney by calling the Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954 today.

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