Cumming Attorneys Help Injured Employees Gain Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Determined legal representations for appeals and other controversies
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that covers all workers at businesses with three or more employees. If you are injured on the job or come down with a work-related illness, workers’ compensation pays 100 percent of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses and a significant portion of your lost wages. You are eligible for workers’ comp even if you get hurt through your own carelessness. Unfortunately, employers and their insurers often deny legitimate claims, forcing injured workers to go through demanding and confusing appeals. That’s where we come in. At Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, our experienced workers’ comp attorneys guide you through the appeals process and resolve various other issues so you can obtain the benefits you deserve.
Experience with a variety of workers’ comp issues in northern Georgia
Controversies over workers’ compensation claims are common, especially when there is a great deal of money at stake for the insurance company, as when an injured worker is permanently disabled. Our injury attorneys have vast experience appealing claims denied for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Malingering — Employers and insurers will often deny a legitimate claim because they don’t believe the injury is real.
- Injury not “work related”— For your injury to be covered, it must “arise out of employment” and occur “in the course of employment.” Essentially, that means you must be hurt while engaged in an activity that benefits your employer. That could include anything from a slip and fall on the factory floor to a repetitive stress injury from nonstop data entry.
- Worker not covered — To be covered, a worker must have an employer-employee relationship with the company. Independent contractors are not covered. For this reason, employers often deliberately misclassify workers. Your boss might call you a contractor, but a knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney might still be able to prove you should be covered.
- Business has not purchased insurance — By law, your employer must purchase workers’ comp insurance, but there are companies that flout the law. Some pretend to be self-insured, even when they haven’t gotten approval from the Georgia Self-Insurers Guaranty Trust Fund and the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. In this case, your employer must pay your claim out of pocket and you may be eligible for additional compensation as a penalty.
If your claim is initially accepted or you win your appeal, new conflicts can arise later in the process. You might have a disagreement with the doctor about a diagnosis or treatment plan, you might disagree when the doctor says you are ready to return to work, or you might object to the disability rating the doctor assigns to your case. In rare cases, you might be able to sue a negligent third party for your injuries, recovering all your lost earnings as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
For these and many other issues, our knowledgeable workers’ comp attorneys can give you reliable guidance and determined representation.
Trust our workers’ compensation lawyers in Cumming to fight for the benefits you deserve
If you’ve been hurt on the job, you can rely on our experienced workers’ compensation law attorneys to fight for your rights. Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP is determined to obtain full, fair compensation for workplace accidents in Forsyth County and throughout northern Georgia. To schedule a free consultation, call 470-839-9467 or contact us online.