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Does workers' compensation cover pain and suffering?

When you get injured in Georgia and go to court, you often can collect damages for pain and suffering. If you get injured on the job, instead of going to court, you file a claim with workers' compensation. You may wonder if you are entitled to payment for pain and suffering under this system as you would be with a personal injury claim. The simple answer is no.

What happens if my claim is denied?

If you have an accident and are injured on your job in Georgia, you can file a claim with workers' compensation to get payment for your medical costs and lost wages. It is up to them to then process the claim and determine if you will get paid and what you will get paid. However, you do have rights during the process and you can take action if your claim is denied.

Defining the concept of discovery

Georgia workers seeking workers' compensation want their claims to be processed quickly, but sometimes an employer or an insurer will dispute the claim. Should a claim be turned down, the injured worker can seek recourse in a workers’ compensation trial. One of the initial steps to be taken before the trial is discovery, which helps set the stage for what will be debated at the trial.

How catastrophic injury relates to workers’ compensation

If you suffer permanent blindness as a result of a workplace injury, the nature of your injury can entitle you to permanent benefits in your workers’ compensation package. Georgia law describes a number of injuries that qualify as catastrophic injuries. Workers that experience these kinds of injuries are entitled to a wider range of compensation benefits under law.

The dangers you face when you work on or near scaffolding

If you, like many others, make your living working at Georgia construction sites, you probably know a thing or two about how to protect yourself on the job. Working in the construction industry involves inevitable dangers, and while new workers always face a high risk of injury, experienced workers, too, commonly suffer injuries on the job, many of which involve scaffolding. At Harris and Hartman Law Firm, P.C., we understand that catastrophic injuries often result from scaffolding accidents, and we have helped many Georgians who suffered injury on construction sites pursue what they needed to rebuild their lives.

Do I get to choose my own doctor for workers' compensation?

If you get injured on the job in Georgia, you will likely make a workers' compensation claim. This claim allows you to get payment for medical expenses and in some cases, lost wages.  It is important to get the proper medical care and follow all the requirements or else your claim could be denied. You may want to quickly rush to your doctor and get care, but, according to the State Board of Workers' Compensation, you generally must see a doctor approved by your employer in order to have a valid workers' compensation claim.

What benefits will I get under workers' compensation?

If you need to file for workers' compensation in Georgia, then you probably want to know what benefits you could receive. There are several different categories of benefits you may receive including payment for medical treatment and lost wages. 

How to file for workers' compensation in Georgia

Workers' compensation is an insurance program that employers are required by the state of Georgia to participate in. This program provides workers with medical and lost wage coverage if they are injured on the job. However, workers must properly report an injury or they could be denied coverage.

What are some common restaurant injuries?

Regardless of what industry you work in, there are likely to be common injuries that happen all the time. If you work in the restaurant industry in Georgia, knowing what those common injuries are could help you to be more alert and aware, so you can avoid them. 

What happens if you are injured but fail the drug test?

In most cases, if you are injured on a Georgia worksite, you will be required to take a drug test. This test can be used to determine if you were at fault in the incident. You probably know that workers' compensation rules are pretty strict. You have to file your report within so many days to get your expenses covered. You may have to undergo an independent medical exam. You have to fill in all the right papers. If you make one misstep it can delay your case or even lead to it being thrown out. So, if you fail a drug test, what will happen to your workers' compensation?