A Savannah, GA work injury can impact every aspect of your life. You may spend days or weeks in the hospital, require numerous medical treatments, suffer a temporary or lifelong disability, and never be able to return to your job again. In 2016, Georgia employers reported 82,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. An additional 171 employees died on the job the same year. Savannah workplaces can be dangerous for employees – especially under negligent management.
If you or a loved one sustained a work-related injury in Savannah, please contact Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP immediately to discuss your case. We have decades of personal injury law experience and have secured record-breaking settlements and verdicts for clients. Our attorneys are passionate about protecting workers’ rights and fighting for fair compensation. We can help you negotiate higher workers’ comp settlements or take your case to court if necessary. You don’t pay anything unless we win.
Sustaining an injury at work can come with numerous questions about your rights and legal options. The workers’ compensation system in Georgia is in place to help injured workers and their family members, but filing a claim is a regulated process that comes with certain rules and statutes to qualify for benefits. The lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP can answer your questions in detail during a free consultation in Savannah. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs:
You must report your accident to a supervisor immediately, but you have up to 30 days to do so. You need to file a workers’ compensation claim within one year from the date of your accident. If you can continue working after your accident, your deadline may be longer.
You can qualify for benefits to cover all accident-related medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability benefits, and two-thirds lost wages (up to $500 per week). Surviving loved ones may also receive death benefits, such as funeral/burial compensation.
Most likely, yes. It generally does not matter if you caused the accident; you can still receive workers’ compensation in Georgia. The only exceptions are if you caused the accident and injury intentionally or recklessly (such as drinking on the job).
The State Board of Workers’ Compensation will generally accept a workers’ compensation claim as long as the employee follows all the rules and sustained the injury during work-related tasks. You might get a denial, however, for a variety of reasons. If the State Board has denied your claim, offered less than you think you deserve, or unfairly delayed your benefits, contact our attorneys. We have the resources and experience to go up against the State Board in pursuit of maximum workers’ comp benefits.
Our work injury lawyers can help you communicate and negotiate with your employers’ workers’ compensation insurance company. We know how to get the most out of these claims. You may also have grounds to file a third-party personal injury claim if someone other than your employer caused or contributed to your accident. If a work crane collapsed and injured you, for example, you may have a claim against the manufacturer. An attorney can investigate your case, evaluate it for signs of negligence, and file a claim on your behalf in Savannah.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a work accident in Savannah, contact Butler Wooten & Peak LLP today. Our lawyers can bring knowledge and compassion to your case, securing the best outcome possible through a commitment to you, the client. Let us help you with your workers’ compensation claim and experience the difference excellent lawyers can make. Call us in Savannah and schedule a free consultation today! (912) 443-4036