Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Serving Injured Workers Over 34 Years

A work-related injury is a "good news-bad news" scenario. While any employee who suffers an injury on-the-job typically experiences physical challenges like excruciating pain and periods of disability, the Georgia workers' compensation system is designed, to provide a faster no-fault system for seeking financial relief and medical care. Workers' compensation benefits may include free medical care, short-term income replacement benefits and long-term disability when an injury victim suffers either partial or total disability. Our Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyers have prepared this blog to provide general information on the rights and remedies of those injured in a workplace accident or by an occupational illness.

Our firm has over 34 years of experienced handling both personal injury claims and workers' compensation claims. Depending on the facts of your case, sometimes we are able to pursue a personal injury claim against a third party in addition to a workers' compensation claim. This dual strategy can provide often provide for a much greater financial recovery, because greater damages are available in a personal injury claim or lawsuit are often greater than the benefits offered through the workers' compensation system in Georgia. Additionally, there are additional categories of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury claim, such as money for pain and suffering. If you or your family member has been injured while performing work-related tasks, we welcome your call 24/7 so that you can schedule a free initial consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). We also offer the option of contacting us by using our 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

Fatal Lumber Mill Workplace Accident Demonstrates Importance of 3rd Party Lawsuits

March 06, 2018

If you work in an industrial or manufacturing job, there are many potential hazards.  When employees are injured on-the-job, they can normally pursue a workers’ compensation claim against their employer.  The Georgia workers’ compensation system generally provides an exclusive remedy against an employer for injuries incurred in the course and scope of employment, regardless of fault.  In the case of fatal accidents, the Georgia workers’ compensation system also authorizes death benefits to dependents, which may include burial costs up to a monetary limit as well as medical expenses incurred between the time of injury and death. 

How to Know if Your Injury or Illness Work Related

February 25, 2018

Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Answer:  Is Your Injury or Illness Work-Related?

In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia, an injured employee must prove that the injury or illness is work related.  Generally, if you are an employee performing a work task for the benefit of your employer and you become injured or ill, the injury or illness will be considered work related.  Injured employees can receive workers’ compensation benefits if their injuries are work related and they meet other necessary requirements.

Georgia Worker’s Compensation Attorneys Discuss Electrocution and Burn Injuries

February 24, 2018

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, electrocutions are a leading cause of worker deaths, accounting for about 71 deaths in the construction industry alone and an average of 411 deaths in all industries each year.  Employees whose jobs place them in proximity to electrical sources are at high risk of electrocution and electrical related injuries. 

Atlanta Fire Engine Accident Highlights the Dangers Faced by Firefighters

February 20, 2018

Recently, a fire engine accident in Atlanta seriously injured one brave firefighter. The fire engine was traveling with four firefighters inside. The driver suddenly left the roadway and struck a tree. The impact was so strong that it crumpled the cab and injured all four firefighters aboard. The most severely injured individual landed in the intensive care unit where he is still fighting to recover fully from his extensive injuries.

Evaluating the Risks That Drones Present To Georgia Workers

February 14, 2018

Atlanta Workers Compensation Attorneys Evaluate the Risks Drones Present To Workers

The use of drones in the workplace has dramatically increased in recent years. Originally developed by the military to fire missiles at the enemy without endangering people, drones have found their way into the workforce. The technology offers tremendous advantages, especially when equipped with video cameras. Drones, whose scientific name is "unmanned aircraft system (UAS)," outfitted with video cameras can fly into spaces in which people cannot go or would be exceedingly dangerous to enter. Drone technology is also relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the potential human cost associated with the task to which the drone may be applied.

25 Methods to Improving Office Safety in Georgia

February 13, 2018

Georgia Workers Compensation Attorneys Announce 25 Methods To Improving Office Safety

Dangers lurk no matter where you are employed. Accordingly, your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work. Workplace safety is not relegated to construction sites only. Offices, restaurants, and every other conceivable workplace must be safe for employees to the extent allowed by the job itself. Some jobs have risks inherent in the profession, and the employer is not liable to completely protect an employee from those. However, employers must take steps to make sure that work environments do not endanger the people who work there.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Examine The Averett Plumbing Co. Et al. v. Castillo Case

February 12, 2018

The Averett Plumbing Co. Et al. v. Castillo Case

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discusses This Important Georgia Court of Appeals Decision 

The Georgia Court of Appeals handed down a decision in the case of The Averett Plumbing Co. Et al. v. Castillo.  It is an important decision because the court addresses issues relating to workers who are living away from their primary residences for work purposes. In the decision, the Court discusses when a worker qualifies for workers’ compensation insurance while living away from home because of work. This is an important issue for many of Georgia’s workers who are called away from home for the benefit of their employer.

The Process of a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Georgia

February 11, 2018

The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

Workers’ compensation programs provide support for individuals who suffer from injuries that occurred at work. Most employers will be required through state law to hold workers’ compensation insurance. These programs are meant to provide workers with some basic necessary help, such as the cost of medical bills related to the injury, and some of a person’s missed wages so that he or she is able to support him or herself in the time that it takes for him or her to recover from the injury.

Georgia Workers' Compensation FAQs

February 06, 2018

Common Questions about Workers' Compensation Claims in Georgia

When an employee is injured by heavy machinery or in a fall on a construction site, the Georgia workers' compensation system generally provides the exclusive remedy for on-the-job injuries.  Although workers' compensation can provide medical care, partial wage replacement, compensation for permanent disability (partial or total) and certain other benefits depending on the circumstances. Sometimes, if a worker’s on-the-job injury can be attributed to a third-party, such as in an auto accident, a personal injury claim can be pursued against the third party, even while also receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Our personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates often pursue both a workers'compensation claim against an injured workers' employer and a personal injury action against a third party when seeking the fullest recovery for our clients.  

Hot Work Shipyard Accidents in Georgia

February 04, 2018

Georgia Workplace Injury Attorney Talks About Hot Work Shipyard Accidents

A Georgia shipyard worker got hurt in an explosion at the facility where he was working. The worker was performing hot work at the time of the explosion, which left the employee with burns covering nearly eighty percent of their body. The employee’s injuries initially got treated at one healthcare facility, and they got transferred to another facility in critical condition for further treatment.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation FAQ’s

January 02, 2018

Accidental injuries that occur at work are handled by workers’ compensation programs. This means that these claims are treated differently from other personal injury lawsuits. If you suffered an injury while working, or while at work, will likely be able to collect workers’ compensation.

Employee Handbook for Understanding Georgia's Workers’ Compensation Laws

December 07, 2017

Georgia’s Employee Handbook for Understanding Workers’ Compensation Laws and Workers’ Rights

Employees in the state of Georgia have certain rights when it comes to being injured while on the job.  All too often, injured employees are not fully aware that they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are unable to work due to an injury or illness suffered while on the job.  While many employers do follow the laws of the state of Georgia, there are employers out there that do not follow these laws.  However, these same employers may not provide employees with the necessary information regarding their rights and obligations for filing a workers’ compensation claim and receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

Teenager Workplace Safety and Georgia Workers' Compensation Law

November 25, 2017

Man Injured on the Job Reaches Out to Teenagers About Workplace Safety: Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney Explains

Workplace training is essential to ensure all employees have a safe environment to perform their job duties.  When training is insufficient, employees are at risks for suffering severe and debilitating injuries that may have lifelong consequences.  Teenagers are especially at risk for suffering injuries given that many of them may not pay as close of attention to safety matters as adults might.  As such, workplace safety training is even more critical for teenagers than others.

Older Workers Are More Susceptible To Dying On The Job

November 13, 2017

Atlanta Worker's Compensation Attorneys Warn That Older Workers Are More Susceptible To Dying On The Job

According to Foxnews Business and the Associated Press, older workers are dying on the job more frequently than all other age demographics even though the overall on-the-job death rates are declining nationwide. As the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age, many choose to remain employed despite attaining the age of retirement. Consequently, employers must take appropriate measures to protect older employees from health and safety risks that might not necessarily imperil younger workers. 

Safer Workplaces Owing To The Increased Use Of Robotics And Autonomous Vehicles

October 02, 2017

Workers Compensation Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia Comment On Safer Workplaces Owing To The Increased Use Of Robotics And Autonomous Vehicles

Georgia's workers' lives may be safer thanks to the introduction of robotics into the workplace. Robotics is not new to the work environment, especially in many manufacturing facilities. However, as robotic technology becomes more user-friendly and less expensive, companies will use robotic advancements to their advantage. Robotics, and now autonomous vehicles, used in warehouse settings can make the workplace safer for all. However, there are dangers that lurk around every corner. Consequently, every worker must be safety-conscious, which helps avoid injury, or death, from a job-related accident.

How is a Workers’ Compensation Claim Different from a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

July 20, 2017

Accidental injuries occur in many ways, including automobile collisions, slips or falls, product liability, and dog bites. In many cases, injuries occur as the result of someone else’s carelessness, or negligence, but sometimes people are injured because of their own actions. When another person causes your injury, the responsible person can sometimes be found legally liable, and therefore owe you damages. If you cause your own injury, you are often out of luck.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims: Why do they get denied?

June 26, 2017

Workers’ compensation insurance is meant to provide support for individuals who suffer work-related injuries. Employees do not have to prove fault when they have a workers’ compensation claim. However, it is not unusual for claims to be denied by the employer or the insurance company. Insurance companies do not enjoy paying out for claims, and employers do not like the possibility of increasing insurance premiums. If you have filed a claim for workers’ compensation and it was denied, here are some of the reasons that this might have happened.

Small Businesses Are Not Always Exempt From Workers’ Compensation Rules

June 10, 2017

The Georgia Workers' Compensation Act ("the Act") includes an exemption which relieves small businesses of the burden of carrying workers' compensation insurance. The exemption may be found at OCGA §34-9-2 (a) (2) and excludes businesses that do not regularly employ three people within the state. However, the statute authorizes workers and employers to waive that exemption and voluntarily agree to be bound by the Act. Some employers may try to avail themselves to the exemption even if they do not otherwise qualify.

Workers' Compensation Claims: Why do they get denied?

May 21, 2017

Workers' compensation insurance is meant to provide support for individuals who suffer work-related injuries. Since workers' compensation is a no-fault system, employees do not have to prove fault when they have a workers' compensation claim. However, it is not unusual for claims to be denied by the employer or the insurance company. Insurance companies do not enjoy paying out for claims, and employers do not like the possibility of increasing insurance premiums. If you have filed a claim for workers' compensation and it was denied, here are some of the reasons that this might have happened.

Workplace Violence and Workers’ Compensation Claims

May 21, 2017

Workers' compensation insurance protects employees who have suffered from work related injuries. These claims usually involve accidents, or injuries that occurred over a long period of performing a task as is the case with carpal tunnel syndrome, for example. We do not typically think of workers' compensation in terms of violent actions or assaults, however, in many cases an employee who is injured as the result of a workplace-related assault will be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

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