McManes Law Workers Compensation Lawyers will fight for your rights to a fair Workers Compensation Settlement.
It happens all the time: people get injured at work. A construction worker strains his back on a new project, a nurse hurts her knees helping a patient out of bed, an office assistant slips on a wet surface and breaks a bone.
Have you been injured at work or on the job? Have you become sick because of your job? Then you may be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages and medical expenses-no matter whose fault it is.
Many workers fail to receive the benefits they deserve. While employers in Georgia are legally required to carry Workers' Compensation insurance, injured employees are often intimidated or confused by greedy insurance companies-don't let it happen to you.
Workers' compensation was established in the State of Georgia to compensate individuals who have been injured on the job.
WHAT BENEFITS AM I ENTITLED TO UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA?
The main benefits which an individual can receive under the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act include the following:
1. Wages, based upon your average weekly wage;
2. Medical benefits, to treat your work-related injury;
3. A permanent partial disability rating based upon your permanent injuries; and
4. Potential settlement.
WHAT ARE THE MAXIMUM BENEFITS WHICH I CAN RECEIVE?
In the state of Georgia, the maximum lost wage benefit which you can receive is currently $525.00 per week. These benefits are tax-free and can be paid for a maximum of 400 weeks, unless your case is deemed catastrophic.
The medical benefits which you can receive are potentially unlimited as the employer and insurer are responsible for your medical treatment without regard to cost. The reality however is that the insurance company will try and limit the medical costs to your case.
The permanent partial disability benefits which you may receive are dictated by the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act.
AM I AN EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
We often receive questions as to whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor. If you are truly an independent contractor, you will not receive workers' compensation coverage from your "employer." It is often times a complex and fact-intensive evaluation as to whether an individual is truly an employee or an independent contractor.
CAN I RECEIVE PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR MY WORKERS' COMPENSATION INJURY?
No, the workers' compensation laws in the State of Georgia do not allow for any recovery or payment of pain and suffering.
DO I GET PAID MILEAGE TO GO TO AND FROM MY MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS?
Yes, currently, the State Board of Workers' Compensation allows for $.40 per mile for travel to and from any medical appointments.
WHEN MUST I FILE A CLAIM FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS?
You must file a claim for workers' compensation benefits within one year from the date of your accident, or from the date of your last medical treatment. It is best to contact the Law Offices of Skip McManes for assistance in making sure all of the proper forms have been filed with the State Board of Workers' Compensation.
WHAT IF MY CASE IS CATASTROPHIC?
A catastrophic claim means you have had a very serious injury. Handling a catastrophic claim requires an experienced lawyer to assist you in obtaining all of your benefits. Please call my office for a free consultation.
Workers Compensation Benefits:
Skip McManes is one of Atlanta Georgia's most respected Workers Compensation lawyer. With insider knowledge and proven strategies, Skip and his legal team can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Skip truly cares for his clients, personally meeting each and every one. He'll listen to you closely, discuss your options, and craft a brilliant strategy to get the insurance companies to pay. You can stop worrying we handle everything for you.
* MEDICAL BILL COMPENSATION
Medical issues are perhaps the most important part of a workers compensation claim. Our goal is to assist our clients in obtaining the very best medical treatment possible. There are many medical issues that typically arise in a case, including the following:
Authorizations for prescriptions
Authorizations for testing, such as MRIs, CT scans, etc.
Authorization for physical therapy
Reimbursement for mileage going to and from medical appointments.
Our office is particularly skilled at resolving all of the Medical Bill Compensation and Medical Issues which typically arise in a workers compensation claim. We are dedicated to providing prompt assistance with all of the issues which you and your family members face. Let our office help you navigate the extremely complex and confusing medical issues which often arise in a workers compensation claim..
* TEMPORARY DISABILITY BENEFITS
The Workers Compensation Act is designed to assist and provide income benefits when an individual has been hurt on the job and cannot return to their former employment. There are four (4) main types of lost wage benefits which are available.
1. Temporary disability benefits (TTD). TTD benefits are paid weekly to an individual who is temporarily totally disabled from returning to work. Basically this means you are either on a no-work status, or your employer is unable to provide you with a light duty job per your doctor's restrictions. The wage benefits are determined based upon the average weekly wage for the 13 weeks before your injury. Currently the maximum TTD rate is $525.00 per week. Please note, depending upon your date of accident, the maximum TTD rate can vary.
2. Temporary partial disability benefits (TPD). TPD benefits are paid when an individual is able to return to work, however, they are unable to earn their pre-injury wages. Usually this occurs when an individual returns to a light duty job and works less hours, or works in a different position. Currently, the maximum TTD rate is $350.00 per week. Please note the maximum rate can vary based upon your date of injury.
3. Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD). PPD benefits are paid pursuant to the Workers' Compensation Act for the permanent injuries sustained from a workers' compensation injury. Typically, a PPD rating is assigned by your authorized treating physician at the end of your case when you have reached maximum medical improvement. There is a formula which provides for a specific calculation for your PPD benefits. Let the office of Skip McManes assist you in calculating your PPD rating.
4. Death benefits. Death benefits are available to family members of an individual who dies as a result of a workers' compensation claim. The calculation of death benefits is extremely complex and depends upon many different variables, including who is and who is not a dependent of the worker. Some additional benefits are also available, including funeral expenses or burial expenses. Let my office assist you with the extremely complex and delicate issues which arise when a loved one dies as a result of an on-the-job injury.