Atlanta Workplace Injury Attorney
Workplace Injuries in Georgia
No matter what kind of work you do, you run at least some risk of being injured on the job. According to state data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Georgia experienced 186 workplace fatalities and more than 77,500 nonfatal workplace injuries in 2018 alone.
Not all accidents and injuries are serious enough to require medical treatment or time away from work. But when serious injuries do occur, it is important to understand your rights and options regarding workers’ compensation benefits. That’s easy to do when you contact The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC.
I offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients across the state of Georgia, and I can assist you with your claim at any step in the process—from initial filing through appeals, if necessary.
Contact me today to get started with your free consultation.
Getting Hurt at Work: The Most Common Accidents & Injuries
Here are some of the most common claims workers’ compensation lawyers encounter:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Falling from heights
- Repetitive stress or motion-related injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries caused by overexertion
- Injuries caused by walking into fixed objects
- Being struck by falling or swinging objects
- On-the-job car accidents
- Injuries related to slipping and tripping without falling (known as reaction injuries)
- Becoming entangled in machinery
- Severe back and neck trauma
- Workplace attacks and on-the-job violence
Of course, this is just a partial list. There are countless ways to be injured on the job and even more specific injuries associated with workplace accidents. Most are compensable if they occurred in the scope of employment.
Filing a Claim
Report any workplace accident that leads to injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. You must do this within 30 days of the incident or you will lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Make sure to notify your employer in writing and include all the details of your accident, including when, where, and how it occurred.
Your employer should then provide you with the paperwork to file a workers’ compensation claim. In the state of Georgia, you have one year from the date of your accident to complete and submit the paperwork.
Appealing a Claim
Many workers’ compensation claims get denied, often simply because the paperwork wasn’t filled out correctly. The good news is you have the option of appealing any denied claim. The appeal must be filed within 20 days of the denial notice.