Workers' Compensation Attorneys in Augusta, Georgia
Workers' Compensation Attorneys in Augusta, Georgia
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has 33 years of experience representing people who suffered injuries at work in Augusta, Georgia. In that time, our firm has grown to 40 attorneys, assisted by 100 legal staff members, all of whom have one goal: to work as hard as we can to maximize our clients’ financial recoveries under the law.
Montlick & Associates has earned the reputation in Augusta for being zealous advocates for their clients. Our workers' compensation attorneys treat each case as if it was our own. This client- centered philosophy translates into larger settlements for our clients. While each case is different from the next, Montlick & Associates’ Augusta workers' compensation attorneys use their experience, knowledge, and resources to provide our clients with compassionate and aggressive representation.
How Does Georgia's Workers' Compensation Law Work?
In Georgia, the legislature passed a law guaranteeing most workers' that they will receive compensation for injuries suffered during the course of their employment. The law, Title 34, Chapter 9 of the Georgia Code, grants the right to every qualifying employee working in Georgia starting on the first day of their job.
Businesses that employ three of more people must pay workers' compensation insurance for every employee as required by Title 34. This figure includes part-time workers who have regular schedules. The failure of a business who has three or more employees to purchase workers' compensation coverage can result in penalties. The state runs a website, http://www.sbwc.georgia.gov/, where you can research whether your employer has workers' compensation insurance.
Are There Any Notice Requirements To Validate A Workers' Compensation Claim?
Title 34 requires an employee who was injured on the job to notify their employer within thirty (30) days of the job-related injury. Notice should be given to the worker’s direct supervisor, company owner, human resources department, or other party designated by the business to receive notice of workers' compensation injuries. Your employer might specify the manner in which they want to receive notice of the injury as well. Irrespective, you must give notice within thirty (30) days of the injury or death of a loved one to be eligible for benefits. Your employer is under no obligation to pay for your doctor's visits without you first providing notice of the claim. There are limited exceptions to this rule, and if you have passed the deadline, you should speak with one of our attorneys. You must also file a notice of workers’ compensation with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and send a copy to your employer and its workers’ compensation carrier.
What Happens If The Workers' Compensation Insurance Company Denies My Claim?
You have the right under Title 34 to file a claim with the Georgia Workers' Compensation Board. They will review your petition and may refer that matter to workers’ compensation judge.
If you request a hearing, it can generally be scheduled you or your attorney files a claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation. The Judge will listen to both sides of the case and make a ruling after applying the law to the facts of your case. The judge will likely decide, based on the evidence, whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injury, using criteria that includes the following:
- Whether the injury arose out of and was in the course and scope of employment;
- The seriousness of the injury;
- Whether the injury is permanent;
- If you can return to work; and
- The number of weeks you are entitled to benefits, if the judge rules in your favor.
Workers' compensation laws are complex. In many cases, the employer will have defense attorneys on its side, working hard to pay injured victims as little as possible. This is why it can be critical to seek the advice of our experienced and knowledgeable workers' compensation attorneys at Montlick & Associates.
What If Someone Other Than My Employer Is At-Fault For My Injury?
Under Georgia Law, if you sustain an injury on the job because of the negligence of a third-party other than your employer, you can normally pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault person or company, even while simultaneously pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. If you have a viable personal injury claim, you may be entitled to financial compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, punitive damages if the defendant’s conduct rose to the level of gross negligence, and more.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured on the job, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, for your free consultation today to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.