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Workers Comp Attorney in Forsyth County, GA

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Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Serving Clients in Forsyth County

Did you know that there were more than 82,000 nonfatal workplace injuries reported in Georgia in private industry alone in 2016? To put that figure another way, in 2016, Georgia had a rate of 2.7 workplace injuries for every 100 full-time workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That injury rate puts Georgia very close to the national average, which is 2.9 injuries per 100 workers. Of those more than 82,000 injuries in the state, approximately 44,500 were “of a more severe nature,” according to the BLS, “involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction.” These are known as “DART cases.”

Where do a majority of workplace injuries and accidents occur in Forsyth County? While on-the-job injuries can occur in almost any sector of employment, the highest rates of injury in Georgia were in manufacturing, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and transportation industries. If you got hurt at work in Georgia, you should know that you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Forsyth County, GA can speak with you today about getting started on your case.

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What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Forsyth County?

Workers’ compensation claims in Forsyth County, Georgia go through the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC). The SBWC defines workers’ compensation as “an accident insurance program paid by your employer which may provide you with medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits if you are injured on the job.”

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help you heal and ultimately to return to work, but sometimes on-the-job injuries result in permanent disabilities that leave an employee unable to work. In such cases, you may be eligible for long-term workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Eligibility for Forsyth County Employees

If you work in Forsyth County, Georgia and just started your job, you should know that you are covered from the first day at your new job. You do not have to put in any specific amount of time before you can be eligible for these benefits.

However, you must abide by certain requirements in order to be eligible to receive compensation, including but not limited to the following:

  • First, you should report the accident and your injury to your employer (or to your supervisor, boss, foreman, or anyone else who oversees your work) as soon as possible, but you must do so within 30 days of the date of your injury. Failure to report your injury within 30 days can mean that you have lost your right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Second, you must seek medical attention from a healthcare provider listed by your employer. Under Georgia law, your employer must post information about eligible healthcare providers in the event of a workplace injury. This is called a “Traditional Panel of Physicians,” and it needs to have at least six healthcare providers on the list from which you can choose. To be clear, you can choose your doctor to an extent, but the doctor of your choice must be on this list. In certain cases, the SBWC may grant an exception if it is clear that “six physicians or groups of physicians are not reasonably accessible.” Workers’ compensation will pay for your visit to the doctor.
  • Third, you must file your claim in order to receive benefits. Filing a claim means filing a Form WC-14. Some Forsyth County residents may choose to file in the Atlanta metro area by calling (404) 656-3818. Otherwise, individuals outside the Atlanta metro area must file a claim in writing to the SBWC, through the SBWC website, or by calling (800) 533-0682. Once you file your claim, you will need to wait for a determination. If you are eligible for benefits and have been unable to work for at least seven days, you can be entitled to benefits for up to 400 weeks.

How Much Will I Receive in Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The amount of workers’ compensation benefits you receive will be based on your average weekly wage. Your total benefits will be two-thirds of your average weekly wage. How is your average weekly wage calculated? Typically, the SBWC will determine your average weekly wage in one of three ways:

  • Looking at your earnings during the 13 weeks before you got hurt on the job;
  • Looking at similar employees’ earnings if you were not working for a significant portion of the 13 weeks prior to your injury; or
  • Looking at your full-time hourly wage if neither of the above categories is possible, and multiplying that number by the total number of hours that constitutes full-time employment for you.

The only limitation is that workers are entitled to a maximum of $575.00 per week if their injuries occurred on or after July 1, 2016. For example, if your average weekly wage is $1,000, then two-thirds of that would equal $666.67. However, under Georgia law, you would only be eligible to receive up to $575.00 per week even though two-thirds of your average weekly wage would be more than that amount. To give another example in a situation where the maximum weekly wage does not come into play, if your average weekly was $500.00, then two-thirds of that amount would be $333.34. You would receive a total of $334.34 as your weekly benefit.

Benefits for a Forsyth County Worker’s Dependents

What about dependents? If a worker dies in an on-the-job injury or as a result of a workplace illness, then her dependents can be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Similar to the employee’s benefit, dependents are eligible for two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage, not to exceed $575.00 if the workplace death occurred on or after July 1, 2016.

Dependents include a surviving spouse, children, and dependent stepchildren. A widowed spouse can be eligible for a total of up to $230,000.00,  “unless he or she remarries or cohabitates in a meretricious relationship.”

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Seek Advice from a Forsyth County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Were you injured on the job? An experienced Forsyth County workers’ compensation lawyer can help with your claim. Whether you are in the process of filing for benefits or need help appealing a denial of benefits, an advocate at our firm can assist you. Contact Spillers Law Firm for more information.

Meet Charles L. Spillers

Georgia Workers Compensation Attorney

At Spillers Law Firm, we never lose sight of our number one goal — to obtain maximum compensation for you. Whether your case requires litigation, negotiation or simply waiting for the best settlement offer, we know how to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

These settlement amounts are more than just money. They are a means of regaining the peace of mind, safety and security that was taken from you when you were injured.

Our clients often express just how much they truly appreciate the genuine concern and compassion shown by our staff. They also appreciate our attorneys’ willingness to wait for a better settlement or for an opportunity to litigate. This means that he does not settle for the first offer that comes along. The goal is maximum compensation for our clients.

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