Workers Compensation Lawyers

5 Red Flags to Know It’s Time to Hire a Workers Comp Lawyer

Workers Compensation Lawyers - Red Flags
Workers Compensation Lawyers – Red Flags

1. Your claim or even a part of your claim is denied by the adjuster
2. Your injury is serious and you need surgery
3. You may not need surgery but you have permanent work restrictions
4. Your employer is treating you differently or is intimidating or threatening you
5. You feel overwhelmed with the process and need someone with experience and know-how to deal with the adjuster and employer

No Fee Unless You Win

Don’t worry about having to pay an attorney fee because you don’t pay unless we win your case and recover income benefits for you or ultimately settle the claim.

If you are already receiving income benefits, we don’t take part of your check (a fee) unless you settle or your income benefits are stopped and we are successful in getting your income benefits reinstated.

Affleck & Gordon’s Workers Compensation Lawyers have helped many injured workers who are receiving income benefits with getting therapy approved, mileage reimbursed or yardwork and housekeeping services authorized, and we can help you to understand the process, make sure you receive the best possible medical treatment, receive your medical and income benefits timely and discuss the risks and rewards of having your benefits paid out, pursuing catastrophic designation, or a final settlement.

Don’t Wait and Jeopardize Your Benefits and Potential Settlement!

Call Affleck & Gordon’s Workers Compensation Lawyers Today by completing our Free Case Evaluation Form.

Affleck & Gordon Settlements in Workers’ Comp Cases

$1,250,000.00
A 32-year-old roofer who slipped and fell off a wet roof and suffered a severe L1 burst fracture and after multiple stabilization surgeries was diagnosed with persistent paraplegia. (A home and a van).

 

$677, 109.00
A 47-year old salesman involved in an auto accident suffered a broken back, fractures to ribs, left wrist and hand, a punctured lung and head and facial injuries.

 

$629,014.00
A 54-year-old insurance billing specialist suffered neck and back injuries when she tripped and fell climbing metal stairs and underwent neck and back surgery. As a result of her debilitating injuries, she developed major depression and anxiety.

 

$619,055.00
A 50-year old forklift driver was lifting pallets with his forklift when some pallets fell onto him, causing a skull fracture, punctured eardrums, broken jaw, lower back strain, dislocation of his right shoulder and severe dental problems.

 

$606,586.00
A 44-year-old maintenance worker injured his low back while removing a large wooden swing set and underwent a lumbar decompression and fusion at L3-5. Not being able to work or perform upkeep around his own home, he fell into depression as a result.

 

$573,417.00
A 34-year old counter salesman was carrying pipe on his shoulder when a wire reel fell in front of him causing him to twist his back and worsen his preexisting spondylolisthesis.

 

$456,837.13
A 63-year old plant manager slipped off the edge of a gate which caused him to twist and jam his low back.

 

$488,016.71
A 34-year old outside plant technician suffered disabling injuries to his mid and low back and other areas of his body when hit by a dump truck. (Home modifications).

 

$416,802.00
A 52-year old production engineer was cleaning a bank of cleaners when one of them blew out pressure knocking him off his feet causing him to fall and strike his head, neck, back and upper arms.

 

$351,376.00
A 44-year old reuse technician attempted to lift jugs of bicarbonate onto a cart when she felt a pop in her back and immediately developed severe neck, back and leg pain.

 

$341,579.00
A 44-year old worker injured his back lifting a box of canned goods and was diagnosed with multilevel degenerative disc disease and failed back syndrome.

 

$335,597.00
A 46-year old travel consultant injured her low back when a desk drawer started to fall and she bent over to try to catch it.

 

$317,305.00
A 53-year old cashier fell off a ladder landing on her back injuring her neck, back, right arm and right leg.

 

$303,431.00
A 46-year old operator was struck by a company truck injuring his low back, bilateral hips and left knee.

 

$293,865.00
A 42-year old building manager slipped and fell off a roof injuring his back, right shoulder and bilateral legs.

 

$292,697.65
A 49-year old truck driver felt a pop in his back while pushing freight.

 

$285,310.00
A 35-year old laborer was knocked down by a mill hand injuring his back and shoulders.

 

$279,481.50
A 44-year old maintenance equipment operator aggravated a preexisting right knee injury and injured his hands, wrists and arms with repetitive work activity.

 

$270,989.00
A 46-year old involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in multiple injuries including chest contusions, left hemopneumothorax, rib fractures, left arm and wrist fractures and hip fracture.

 

$266,705.00
A 61-year old merchandiser lifted a box and felt a pull in her shoulder and neck pain.

 

$265,049.00
A 49-year old worker injured her low back and left hip and suffered psychological issues.

 

$255,275.00
A 52-year old pipe fitter injured his face, left eye, neck and back in an auto accident.

 

$251,198.78
A 42-year old auto body tech slipped on some compound while working on a truck and injured his low back and hip.

Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits in a Nutshell

Most people have established a routine of working, earning an income and paying the bills to make their ends meet. However, when you are injured on the job and can no longer work, everything immediately changes. How do you meet your financial obligations? In Georgia, your employer is not obligated to hold your job while you recover from your injuries. In such cases, you can file a Workers’ Compensation claim to receive benefits for your medical expenses, lost wages and a permanent impairment rating.

The Workers’ Compensation program provides financial assistance for lost wages and the medical costs of a person who has sustained an on-the-job injury, develops job-related disease or leaves dependents when a worker is killed in a job-related accident. These benefits protect employees and their families from suffering financial destitution after a work-related injury or death. Lost wage benefits or disability benefits are usually paid out weekly or biweekly. Workers’ Compensation benefits also include payment of medical expenses and permanent partial disability benefits for a permanent impairment to compensate the victims of job-related injuries. Prior to the establishment of a Workers’ Compensation program, an employee had to file a lawsuit against their employer. Often, these lawsuits could be costly and difficult to win. After the passage of the Workers’ Compensation Act in Georgia in 1920, an employee could no longer sue his employer, but could file a claim for workers’ compensation disability and medical benefits. Today, the workers’ compensation program benefits both the injured employee by providing for timely payment of disability and medical benefits, and the employer by providing protection against excessive lawsuits and verdicts.

Workers’ Compensation as a program began to appear in the United States in the early 1900s and today is the longest-running social insurance program. Most employers have a Workers’ Compensation insurance policy in place to cover the benefits for any employees injured on the job. The program itself is managed by the state, which ensures that benefits are paid and disputes are resolved.

At Affleck & Gordon, we have obtained millions of dollars in benefits for our clients, saving you the hassle of trying to understand the complex law in this area. During our over thirty years of practice, we have represented workers’ against big corporations and insurance companies, who try to limit the compensation allowed to injured employees.

Injured employee’s rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act include:

  • The cost of medical treatment and/or rehabilitative therapies.
  • Death benefits paid to your dependents.
  • Medications and/or other costs associated with your recovery, including travel expenses to and from the doctor.
  • Vocational rehabilitation training if you are unable to return to your previous position and you qualify for such benefits.
  • Weekly income benefits if you miss more than seven days of work.
  • Catastrophic Injury – you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly salary up to the maximum allowed for as long as you are unable to return to work.
  • Non-Catastrophic Injury – you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly salary up to the maximum allowed up to 400 weeks of temporary total disability benefits, or up to 350 weeks of temporary partial disability benefits.
  • Catastrophic injuries included paralysis, amputations, blindness, severe head trauma, spinal cord injury or any injury severe enough to keep you from returning to your past work or any other work.

Your employer is required by law to post a list of at least six doctors or a certified Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization providing medical care to any injured employee. You are allowed two selections of treating physicians from this panel of doctors without prior approval of the insurance company or State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Any additional changes require approval of the insurance company or the State Board. In cases where emergency treatment is needed, different rules may apply.