Workers’ compensation claims are often overlooked, unused claims when it comes to receiving compensation for injuries or wrongful death due to an accident or negligence. Any sort of illness or injury that was the direct result of your job is potential grounds for a workers’ compensation lawsuit.
Each state has its own laws regarding the minimum number of employees a company must have before being required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
Each state also has unique requirements and stipulations for the types of insurance coverage these companies must carry.
Workers’ compensation requirements in Georgia:
The law requires any business with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, to have workers’ compensation insurance. Coverage can be verified by going to sbwc.georgia.gov and click on “How do I verify an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage.”
Georgia has many blue-collar workers who are oftentimes more susceptible to workplace injuries than office/white-collar employees.
If you are injured on the job, most companies are required to provide certain benefits or compensation, however, that does not mean you will always receive as much as you deserve.
Employers and insurance companies often try to pay out the bare minimum to employees filing for workman’s comp. For this reason, the personal injury lawyers at Joshi & Patel always recommend at least speaking with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys
We will inform you of your rights and help you understand whether or not you have a case.
Industries with the most nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses:
• Health and social care
• Food services
• Warehousing and transportation
• Waste services
• Technical services
• Entertainment and recreation
• Fishing, hunting, agriculture
• Educational services
What types of injuries are most frequent in workers’ compensation claims?
The following are some of the most commonly reported injuries sustained in the workplace and would likely qualify for Workmans’ compensation:
Brain Injuries in the workplace
Accidents that occur in your workplace, especially in construction sites and other hazardous premises oftentimes cause a severe brain injury. This type of injury generally occurs when a worker slips or is struck by a hard or sharp object and injures his/her head.
Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure at work
In recent years the amount of asbestos and mesothelioma workers’ compensation cases have decreased, however, the dangers are still present. Automobile mechanics, attic insulators, carpenters, firefighters, and other jobs are still at risk of being exposed to asbestos which causes mesothelioma, often a deadly form of cancer.
Burn injuries and smoke inhalation in the workplace
While firefighters run the highest risk of sustaining burn injuries while on the job, additional industries such as manufacturing, chemical plants, and other industrial workplaces are also common for workers’ compensation injury claims. Burn injury cases are very complicated compared to other injury cases since burn injuries are complex and expensive. Burn injuries often require multiple skin grafts and there is often a lengthy recovery period and possible risk of infection. Burn victims are often unable to work again for months or years, if ever. They frequently require intensive psychological counseling as a result of the drastic changes in their appearance and abilities.
Slip & Fall injuries sustained at work
Slip & Falls that occur in the workplace can often result in serious injuries that make it difficult to return to work.
Spinal cord injuries sustained while working
Spinal cord injuries are extremely difficult ailments to recover from and can result in extended periods of time off work. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries at work (and elsewhere) can be caused by performing a task as simple as bending over.
Dog bites or other animal attacks while working
Employees who work outdoors or in people’s houses run a higher risk of sustaining injuries from a dog or other animal attack. In these types of cases, in addition to having a potential lawsuit for workers’ compensation, you may also have a claim against the pet/animal owner.
Traffic and automobile collisions
Traffic and automobile injuries are among the most common workers comp claims. From semi-truck accidents to minor collisions, injuries sustained while driving (or even walking) continue to be high on the list of most common workplace injuries.
Your employers and the insurance companies have lawyers working hard on their side. Be sure you have a personal injury lawyer working for you, to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Joshi & Patel for free case evaluation, no obligation consultation.
**Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.